SEI Carbondale Administrative Office

SEI’s Carbondale office is located at Carbondale’s Community Non-Profit Third Street Center at 520 Third Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.  The offices are in Room 16.

Carbondale is located in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, three hours east of Denver. Bring your family and plan to spend some extra time in the area.  Visit Carbondale’s Chamber of Commerce for information on all the fun things to do in the Roaring Fork Valley.

There are many recreational activities in the Carbondale area, and throughout the Valley. Hiking trails, biking trails, fly-fishing, climbing, rafting and kayaking are only some of the outdoor sports that can be enjoyed. Bicycle rentals are available for more adventurous mountain biking. For info on bike rentals call Ajax Sports – (970) 963-0128, or Aloha Mountain Cyclery – (970) 963-2500. Again, please remember: If you are coming from sea-level please be aware of the higher elevation. Do not attempt any strenuous exercise until you are acclimated, and remember to drink plenty of water.

The town of Aspen is just 30 miles east of Carbondale, where you can find entertainment, shopping and gourmet dining. Redstone, a historic art community, is 18 miles south of Carbondale. And the famous Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool and Vapor Caves are only 12 miles away.

Carbondale’s Third Street Center promotes community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice.  By providing long-term, affordable rental space, the Center brings together non-profit organizations, artists and small businesses under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths and acting as a catalyst for environmental awareness, artistic expression, social service, health and wellness, and inventive enterprise.

For more information, check out the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce website.

SEI Paonia Training Facility

Solar Energy International (SEI) has a rich tradition instilled in community. Over the past 20 years more than 35,000+ people from all 50 states and 66 countries have attended SEI’s renewable energy courses. In recent years, SEI expanded operations to include a 7-acre parcel of land amongst the diverse agricultural community in Paonia, CO. This expansion serves as a foundation to SEI’s long-range goal of creating a renewable energy and sustainable living educational center which provides a diverse and enriching forum for participants to engage and learn in.

Looking ahead to the next 20 years the future looks bright for SEI and renewable energy as the organization moves forward with a vision and a design ethic that is intrinsic to the future of ecological systems and the biodiversity of our region and the planet. The SEI campus is grounded in nature and contemplative practice, and is dedicated to promoting ecological competence, and nurturing cooperation and creative dialog among diverse people.

The SEI educational center is equipped to provide hands-on experiential learning and showcase the potential for renewable energy technologies, especially solar photovoltaics. SEI’s educational center offers students an unparalleled opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom. Over the years, SEI has hosted many ‘hands-on’ workshops, from Photovoltaics to Wind Power, Micro-hydro power, and Natural Building.

The core learning activity is around SEI’s state of the art Photovoltaic (PV) training facility. As part of SEI’s commitment to deliver code compliant, safety oriented, cutting edge curriculum and training opportunities to participants, SEI has continued to advance the hands-on training capabilities in PV. The PV training program explores the various system types (grid-direct, grid-tied with battery back-up, and stand- alone) and mounting techniques (roof mount, pole mount, and ground mount) common in the PV industry. Participants in SEI’s PV workshops work with instructors who have extensive field experience and are passionate about teaching, offering an unparalleled combination of hands-on knowledge and technical expertise. From detailed solar site analysis to system design and installation, SEI participants can experience many aspects of PV systems.