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  • 1. SOLAR ENERGY INTERNATIONAL 2011 training catalog • solarenergy.orgSEI alumni WorkshopsWhere are they now? & Courses 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 has What SEI 1 to offer ...
  • 2. contents Where were you in 1991? 8 4 welcome 6 update 8 training U.S. Dept. of Energy solar 18 online campus PV training in Colorado. 20 timeline 26 22 facilities 26 outreach Then Denver Mayor, and 28 staying connected 29 mission now Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper (left) visits our Solar Schoolbus. 37 30 alumni 32 team We were just getting started. 37 members 39 resourcesrenewable energy solar training online courses Hands-on solar PV training in Costa Rica. sustainability International | (970) 963-8855 2 Solar Energy hands-on workshops outreach 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 3
  • 3. welcome welcomeFrom our While we are celebrating, we are also renewing our commitment to From our This evolution has allowed Solar Energy Internationaldirector remain leaders in RE education. There is much more work to chairman to expand our educational offerings and participant base do to make renewables into our that now includes those trainingJohnny Weiss “conventional” energy source Donald E. Phillipson to be professional installers,H T instead of just an “alternative.” designers, and builders as part ooray and greetings from At the same time, aggressively hink back to the year 1991. of mainstream businesses. For Solar Energy International! marketed, lower quality RE training Except for a few vanguard example, today’s photovoltaics Welcome to our 2011 programs are moving in to compete. wind farms and solar arrays, courses include a heavy dose ofcatalog of hands-on workshops and We encourage everyone to shop electric grids in the U.S. were fed by grid-tied technologies, as thatonline courses. Today there is good carefully and do their research power produced almost exclusively knowledge is essential in today’snews: renewable energy (RE) education is at last before committing to any training service. from burning coal and natural gas, nuclear fission in setting where utilities and states encourage distributedbecoming mainstream. While new training programs Solar Energy International’s thriving online reactors, and water flowing through turbines at huge electric power generation from RE resources.abound, Solar Energy International continues to training programs enable us to provide quality cost- dams. A few scientists were just beginning to express From our very beginning, SEI has consistentlyset the acknowledged high standard for in-person, effective training to more people around the country concerns about potential “global warming” caused by tried new ideas for workshops, courses, andclassroom training, hands-on labs, fieldwork, and and the world. In this past decade, our instructional human-induced changes in the gases present in the educational materials. Those ideas have includedonline curriculum. and support staff has grown as dynamically as the earth’s atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. different subject matters, teaching methods, and We are proud to contribute to this mainstreaming photovoltaic industry. Our instructors continue to Technologically, businesses and individuals were workshop locales. Some ideas were successful and canof renewable energy with more than 15,000 alumni help us stand out as the recognized benchmark in trying out new communications methods called the be traced to current offerings. Others were not andwho have installed many solar, wind, water power, energy education services. We are encouraged that the “Internet” and “cellular telephones.” In this setting, were abandoned. One recent successful idea is use ofand sustainable building projects. Our long-standing U.S. Department of Energy has selected Solar Energy two Colorado Mountain College instructors – that “fledgling” 1991 technology called the Internet.nonprofit mission to help others learn about International to be part of its national program Johnny Weiss and Ken Olson – bravely started an Today, our online courses are a vital and expandingrenewable energy has never wavered. We believe to help colleges develop the capacity to conduct organization devoted to teaching renewable energy aspect of our educational offerings.renewable energy is now more important than ever renewable energy training around the country. (RE) and sustainable building technologies. Solar Energy International welcomes andfor the environment, the economy, national security The future is very exciting for both SEI and Solar Energy International was born. embraces all changes that allow us to accomplish ourand our legacy to future generations. renewable energy education. Like never before, During our first decade, most people attending educational mission. In my 18 years of association Solar Energy International remains dedicated to people worldwide realize that energy efficiency, solar, workshops could fairly be described as counter- with SEI, I have observed two constants. First, theproviding practitioners with the knowledge and skills wind, water power and sustainable building are the culture folks, such as homeowners purposely living “international” in our name is not just a word butto help free the planet from a deepening dependence way of the future. Decision-makers are beginning to off the electric grid or those wanting to go into reflects a spirit within Solar Energy International andon fossil fuels. Solar Energy International continues understand that the brief age of abundant and cheap business to provide alternatives to total reliance on action to the extent feasible. Second, even though ato have the dedication and talents to train both oil, gas and coal is nearly over. It’s been a wild ride, large public utilities. Particularly, with respect to variety of people have joined or left over the years,industry professionals and those just becoming but now is the time to get sustainable. In the coming electric power, a counter-culture attitude was fostered Solar Energy International has always had a staffinterested in RE technology. Our charitable outreach decades, we plan to help every interested person in part by the hostility of many public utilities toward and cadre of instructors incredibly dedicated to ourprograms also proudly reach thousands of kids, learn about and implement renewable technology. grid-tied small electric power generation. mission of helping others to use renewable energywomen, Native Americans and international students. We plan to also focus on the training of trainers Since the late 1990s, public utility and general resources and sustainable building technologies There are more reasons to celebrate this year. It is and curriculum development as renewable energy public attitudes about renewable energy and through education and technical assistance.Solar Energy International’s 20th year of training and education continues to grow exponentially. Come sustainable building have evolved rapidly into greater I expect these constants will remain as SEI moveseducating people in the practical use of renewables. join us! Together we will create a bright future. acceptance and even promotion of these technologies. into our next 20 years of educational endeavors.4 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 5
  • 4. update update20 years in Help from Jane Koger Homestead Ranch Advisory Board our friends Donald Aitkenthe making Jane attended the Women’s PV workshop in 2000, after which she Union of Concerned Scientists had an all-women’s crew, including J. Douglas Balcomb participants from the workshop, install Solar Energy Research Institute a 2kW PV system on her organic cattle Pliny Fisk IIIS O ranch in Kansas. She then built a straw olar Energy International ur Board of Directors bale house, using power from the PV Center for Maximum Potential is well known as one of the system and straw she grew herself. Building Systems and Advisory Board longest-running renewable Joe Jordan are composed of Jock Jacober NASAenergy education and skills experienced professionals who Jacober Brothers Construction Alex Hillingertraining organization in the U.S. In bring a wealth of knowledge to PV instructor Jay Peltz (right) with U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2010 Jock is a local builder and on Colorado’s Good Chemistry2011, Solar Energy International our organization. Meet them here. Train-the-Trainers workshop participants in Paonia, Colorado. Western Slope specializing in straw bale Barbara Kerrcelebrates 20 years of providing construction and green building. Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Centerrenewable energy education for a Thomas A. Lawandsustainable future. photovoltaic textbook, which has led the industry as Board of Directors Mark Kavasch Brace Research Institute During the last two decades, Solar Energy the definitive guide to solar design and installation. Jeff Dickinson Reese Henry & Company Phillip LivingstonInternational has been a leader in providing hands- More recently, the U.S. Department of Energy Biospaces and Sustainable Design Mark is a partner at Reese Henry & Co. Sungrid Innovative Energy Solutionson workshops and online courses in solar, wind and chose Solar Energy International as one of nine Jeff is an architect, energy consultant and specializes in business consulting, Amory Lovinsmicro-hydro electric energy and sustainable building organizations nationwide to provide Train-the- and author who has been a Practitioner tax planning, tax compliance, IRS Rocky Mountain Institute of Sustainable Architectural Design resolutions, financial preparation,technologies. In 20 years, we have provided our Trainers workshops to community college instructors, Maureen McIntyre Alternatives for the past 20 years. He internal accounting controls and audits.diverse set of workshops to more than 15,000 people through DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network. McIntyre Communications Inc. has designed and built passive solar,from all 50 U.S. states and 67 countries. In 2009 we Finally, Solar Energy International is launching a free Richard and Karen Perez strawbale and Earthship homes. Ed Marstonhad our most successful year, training nearly 3,600 online Introduction to Renewable Energy course that Home Power Magazine High Country Newspeople in the United States. promotes renewable energy technologies to all who Ed is the former publisher of High Randy Udall Don Phillipson Country News, a regional newspaper Association for the Study The core of our organization’s reputation is built want to learn about this emerging field. Phillipson Sustainable Energy Options Don is a lawyer specializing in civil covering public land and natural of Peak Oil-USAon our Renewable Energy Education Program, Even more unique is the fact that Solar Energy resources in the western United States. litigation. His work has involved water Sam Vanderhoofthrough which we’ve offered hundreds of hands-on International provides our expertise and training He and his family live in Paonia, Pacific Renewables Group rights, patents, trade secrets, contracts,workshops and online courses. With 17 Institute to people of all ages, from around the world, and antitrust claims often relating to Colorado, where Ed has recycled several Neville Williamsfor Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ)-certified and in less fortunate communities. Through technology. downtown commercial buildings. Standard Solar Inc.trainers and 24 North American Board of Certified our Outreach Programs, we work globally with Robert WillsEnergy Practitioners (NABCEP)-certified solar grassroots international development organizations, Johnny Weiss Solar Streaminstallers teaching for us – more than any other solar nationally with Native American communities, and Solar Energy Internationaltraining organization – Solar Energy International’s regionally with school groups. With our International Johnny has been a full-time renewableinstructors are on the forefront of renewable energy Development and Native American programs, we energy educator for more than 20 years. He is a co-founder and executive Energy analyst Randy Udall,education and solar training. promote sustainable community development that director of SEI. Johnny works with co-founder of the Association Our highly qualified PV team members improves quality of life for rural communities here in Native Americans and on international for the Study of Peak Oil-USA,and contract instructors wrote and published a the United States and abroad. rural development projects. is a SEI Advisory Board member.6 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 7
  • 5. In 2010, SEI joined with Salt Lake Community Solar Electric Training College and the PV201L: Solar Electric Lab WeekUtah Solar Energy For 20 years, Solar Energy International has been (Grid-Direct) enhances PV101 through a nuts- at the forefront of solar photovoltaic (PV) training. and-bolts, hands-on installation workshop. Students Association to SEI employs more than 30 instructors who work in will install, commission, test, and operate multiple form the Rocky the PV field and constantly strive to keep up-to-date grid-direct PV systems, featuring a variety of Mountain Solar with new technology, trends, and regulations. mounting types and balance-of-system components. Training Provider Most Solar Energy International instructors group, as part of are North American Board of Certified Energy PV202: Grid-Direct Design and the NEC, the U.S. Dept. Practitioners (NABCEP)-certified and Institute for in-person and online, is an advanced grid-direct PV Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ)-accredited. To workshop. PV202 focuses heavily on the National of Energy’s Train- stay ahead in this ever-changing field, our PV team Electrical Code and system design calculations. the-Trainers constantly updates curriculum to reflect ongoing It also features sections on commercial PV, grid initiative. developments in the industry, and invites industry interconnection, 3-phase services, disconnects and experts to conduct technical and curriculum reviews series fusing, inverter selection, installation best Leaders in to ensure the highest-quality learning experience. practices, and troubleshooting. PV101 and PV202 In 2010, Solar Energy International performed are musts for anyone in the grid-direct business. a major overhaul of our curriculum, and expanded offerings to make workshops more specific to people’s PV203: Battery-Based Design, in-person and goals in the industry. And because our courses build online, builds on PV101, with a focus on stand-alone Training upon one another, there is a path for every skill level and grid-tied with battery back-up systems. PV203 and interest – from do-it-yourself homeowners to comprehensively covers the many different types of professional designers and installers. PV systems that use batteries, and how to design and install code-compliant, battery-based systems. PV203 Solar, wind, micro-hydro, sustainable building and rural can be taken directly after PV101. PV101: Solar Electric Design development. Solar Energy International knows training. and Installation (Grid-Direct) in-person workshops and online courses focus on grid-direct A t Solar Energy International, we believe • Solar Thermal systems, the most common PV people learn by doing. Our Solar PV Become a part of the burgeoning solar hot water system installed today in the U.S. and Renewable Energy Education and radiant heating industry or learn to design a PV101 covers the fundamentals Programs offer a full spectrum of online system for your own home. of electricity and photovoltaic courses and hands-on workshops in locations • Wind Power systems, site analysis, mounting around the world. From solar training to wind Learn to design, install, troubleshoot, and and grounding, safe installation and power education, participants learn to design, maintain residential wind power systems. commissioning procedures, and build and maintain renewable energy systems • Micro-Hydro Power numerous other topics. The in-person workshop, which and energy-efficient, sustainable homes. Solar Learn how to site design and install a includes PV101 PREP, is especially Energy International offers training in: micro-hydro system. interactive, with lecture segments • International-Rural Development followed by applied exercises; the Learn to help improve the quality of life for workshop also includes hands- • Solar Electric PV (Photovoltaics) people in the developing world, or in lesser developed on labs. For more hands-on Learn the technical ins and outs of solar electricity. areas of industrialized nations. experience, follow PV101 with • Sustainable Building • Renewable Energy for Educators Solar Energy International’s Learn to design and build sustainable, efficient, Teachers and educators learn to implement one-week hands-on Lab Week. U.S. Dept. of Energy Train-the-Trainers hands-on workshop participants comfortable and beautiful homes. renewable energy curriculum into their classrooms. at Solar Energy International’s PV lab facility in Paonia, Colorado. 8 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 9
  • 6. Solar Hot Water Training “Solar Energy International’s curriculum makes Why choose Solar Energy International for solar hot water education? Our instructors have the most complex systems understandable PV205: Economics of Solar: extensive field experience and are passionate about through their knowledgeable instructors that Making the Financial Case teaching. Our solar hot water program offers an is a rigorous interactive workshop unparalleled combination of hands-on knowledge show their commitment to teaching on every designed to help dealers, installers, and and technical expertise. level of knowledge. SEI is a head above the rest.” salespeople understand and make the Solar Energy International has 20 years of most accurate and compelling financial educational experience within the expanding ~ Charles Byers, Solar Hot Water Design, 2010 case possible for the value of PV systems. solar industry. We began offering solar thermal The class is focused on residential systems, workshops in 2001. Industry experts thoroughly tax rules, incentives, and best practices. review and update our curriculum to keep current Examples cover many states, but emphasis with continually evolving equipment choices, system is on the local region, and how to make design standards, and best practices. ST101: Solar Hot Water Design a strong economic selling through a and Installation is a five-day workshop that teaches thorough economic analysis of simple the theory, design considerations and installation payback, total lifecycle payback, internal strategies necessary to install and maintain a solar hot rate of return, cash flow analysis, and water system. Passive solar water heaters, drainback appraisal resale value. systems, antifreeze systems, and photovoltaic powered systems are all discussed in depth. Pool heating systems and an introduction to space heating Our newest PV offering! systems are covered as well. Also included are safety considerations, code compliance, system sizing, and PVOL206: Solar Business and understanding solar collector performance in a variety Technical Sales has been developed of climates and applications. Lessons learned from from the ground up with a strong focus decades of experience address solar collectors, pumps, on business principals. This online blowers, controls, storage tanks, heat exchangers, course is for those working in the solar maintenance and more. Installation techniques like industry or hoping to work in solar sealing roof penetrations and collector racking details sales. Through insightful presentations are part of the program. This workshop includes U.S. Dept. of Energy Train-the-Trainers PV101 and instruction from working experts in the field, hands-on labs (assembling solar water heating and workshop in Paonia, Colorado, in 2010. SEI’s PV206 Solar Business and Technical Sales pool systems, wiring controls, soldering copper course covers marketing and sales techniques you tubing and using site analysis tools and software)PV301L Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) will need to be successful. Concepts discussed in or real-world installations and tours of workingallows students to apply the theory learned in PV203 detail include: customer qualification, solar site solar a variety of battery-based systems ranging from analysis, creating conceptual design proposals,small, stand-alone applications to complex, grid-tied system costing, incentives and rebates, cost-benefit ST201: Solar and Radiant Heating is a three-daywith battery back-up systems. analyses, financing options, and the non-financial workshop that provides critical information to design benefits of photovoltaic systems. While certain practical and efficient solar and radiant heatingPV204: Solar Sales and Marketing is for both aspects of the PV206: Solar Business and Technical systems for energy and cost savings with comfort ofsolar salespeople and management/owners. We share Sales course will be a review for students who underfloor heating. Become a part of the burgeoningtips for setting up a solid and effective sales team, then have previously taken SEI’s PV204 or PV205, this radiant heating industry and a rapidly emerging solargenerating leads. Topics include solar market segments, workshop offers a broad curriculum based on the marketplace. Topics include radiant heating basicspromotion strategies, lead generation, marketing tools, NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis to help Participants in our Solar Hot Water workshop at and construction details, solar fundamentals, systemand setting up and running sales organizations. These prepare participants for the NABCEP PV Technical Solar Energy International’s new classroom facility designs, collector mounting, heat load analysis, sizingstrategic insights can save, and possibly help you earn, Sales Certification. at Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado, collectors, control strategies, installation standards,thousands in avoiding mistakes and increased sales. received hands-on training in 2010. and performance and cost.10 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 11
  • 7. Wind Energy Training WP201: Residential Wind Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the Maintenance and Repairdirection of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to includes a brief review of basicalways reach my destination.” This is one way to wind-electric system designthink about how energy derived from the winds that principles and practice, andmove across the surface of the earth can be a viable then focuses on maintenance,source of renewable power. troubleshooting, and repair Wind turbines are able to harvest this energy of these systems. This is ansource and convert it to power that can be used to advanced workshop, intended forprovide electricity. Wind energy is “green” because experienced wind-electric systemit produces energy with no pollution or greenhouse users, designers, and installers, orgas emissions. While it’s true wind power is not an for those who have attended SEI’savailable power generating source 100% of the time, Wind Design and Installationwe at Solar Energy International believe it is an workshop. Classroom sessions willintegral part of our energy independent future. complement extensive hands-on Solar Energy International teaches wind work. Workshop participants willworkshops in Paonia, Colorado, and Guemes Island, work on real-world wind-electricWashington, including: systems, including tilting down a tower, climbing and working on freestanding and guyed towers, Wind workshop participants in Paonia, Colorado. and working on wind turbines and balance of systems components. Approximately half of this Micro-hydro system example during hands-on training. WP101: Wind Design and Installation teaches workshop is hands-on work. participants to design and install residential wind MH101: Micro-Hydro systems that range from 10 to 70 feet in diameter Micro-hydro Design and Installation and produce up to 100 kWh. The workshop covers “I took the micro-hydro Training covers design considerations as system sizing, site analysis, installation and safety they apply to both low and high course on Guemes Island issues, and hardware specification. Learn about the head micro-hydro systems. The different available residential wind turbines, how they and it was an outstanding Micro-hydro is often called focus is on core concepts applied work, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. experience with a the holy grail of small-scale to a range of hydro applications, renewable energy systems. including preliminary system WP102: Homebuilt Wind Turbines guides valuable balance between Energy can be derived from sizing for mechanical and participants through the process of building a small technical detail, conceptual micro-hydro systems 24 hours a electrical power generation of 50- wind turbine from scratch. Brief sessions each day day, year-round. For those with watt to 100-kilowatt capacities. understanding and in-field a reliable water source on their on wind generator theory are followed by shop Topics cover safety procedures, sessions. The workshop group will construct one to experience. The excellent property, micro-hydro might be system components, AC and three working wind generators. Approximately three- organization of this course the most cost effective option. DC systems, site analysis, battery quarters of this workshop is hands-on construction of Micro-hydro systems convert storage, maintenance, hybrid wind turbines. Participants gain hands-on experience brought all these valuable energy from falling water in systems, and case studies. Hands- carving wooden blades, winding coils, wiring, and learning elements together. ” a river or stream into usable on exercises include methods of fabricating a complete wind turbine. The turbine electricity. All that is required flow measurement, determining built in the workshop will produce up to 1,500 watts ~ Leif Kindberg, for a micro-hydro site is a head, and analyzing and in high winds. Participants learn how to adapt this water source, piping, a turbine assembling small systems. Class and other designs for other voltages, and how to scale Micro-hydro, 2010 generator system, and wiring to lectures are combined with siteWind training in Guemes Island, Washington. the design concepts up or down to meet their needs. connect power to the home. tours and lab exercises.12 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 13
  • 8. Educator Training Rural Development Training selection. The workshop covers typical applications and case study examples. Held at Rancho Mastatal, At Solar Energy International, Renewable energy technologies can greatly improve an environmental learning center and retreat locatededucation is our mainstay. We offer the lives of people in developing countries. Women, in the last virgin rainforest of Costa Rica’s Puriscaltraining for K-12 educators through who spend their days gathering firewood to cook over County. Taught in both English and Spanish.our Solar In the Schools program. Our smoky fires, contract respiratory and eye diseases.educator training courses are accredited Smokeless metal stoves, biogas digesters, and solar RD201: Renewable Energy for the Developingon the graduate level through Colorado’s cookers can greatly alleviate these issues. Solar food World-Hands-on, hosted at Fundacion Durika,Mesa State University. drying can solve problems with food preservation and a private reservation of 18,500 acres in Costa seasonal food supply. Millions of lives lost each year Rica, teaches design and installation of renewableRE101: Teaching Solar Energy to from water-related diseases can be saved by solar water energy systems: build solar ovens with a women’s purification and water distillation. Electricity cooperative, build a methane biodigestor,Kids helps educators learn the secrets can also greatly improve people’s and learn about other technologiesto teaching renewable energy to kids lives by boosting education, appropriate to the developingand is taught by experienced teachers. health care, agriculture, and world. Taught in bothThis popular, accredited, jam-packed Educators collaborate at Solar Energy industry. Though many English and Spanish.hands-on workshop is aimed at K-12 teachers and non-formal educators alike. Participants talk pedagogy and International’s new Third Street Center rural communities willrenewable energy theory while building solar ovens, classroom in Carbondale, Colorado. never have the electric RD203:solar race cars, model wind turbines and more. utility grid, they can Appropriate use the sun, wind Technology for and water. As the DevelopingRE201: K-12 Advanced Renewable Energy many sustainable World inEducator Training features three groups of educators Mexico providestackling three big classroom projects in three days. development projects are fully an overview ofFor educators who have taken RE101 or have an implemented technologiesenergy-teaching background, Solar Energy International with education promotingoffers this intensive hands-on workshop. Past projects and training, small-scaleinclude a model sustainable community with a renewable energy sustainablerenewable energy grid, solar suitcase lighting systems for technologies can energy andthe developing world and natural-building birdhouses. play a crucial role resource in people’s lives. management systems in the developingOur newest Renewable Renewable Energy and world. Learn about ecological water treatmentEnergy for Educators course! Nature Tour is SEI’s all- inclusive, 10-day tour of Costa Rica systems, rainwater catchment, focusing on renewable energy and nature. solar and micro-hydro technologies, andRE102: Solar Suitcase Training build a methane biodigestor for cooking an accredited, graduate-level hands-on workshop Costa Rican naturalist Eugenio Garcia Lopez andteaching WE CARE Solar’s inspiring solar suitcase renewable energy expert Ian Woofenden lead this chartered bus tour. Guides have decades of experience RD205: Sustainable Communityprogram to youth educators. Participants learn Development: Renewable Energy for Ruralto build a solar suitcase: a 40- watt stand-alone in their fields and show the details of renewable energy in a country largely powered by renewables, and the Villages offers hands-on learning in a smallphotovoltaic system intended for distribution to Nicaraguan village, Sabana Grande, Madriz, whichhealth clinics in developing countries. Increase your intricacies of a natural environment more varied than seems possible. has taken up the challenge of becoming a solarability to confidently teach about sustainability, community with Grupo Fenix. Live with families inespecially as it relates to solar electricity, and then RD102: Solar PV Systems for the Developing Sabana Grande who can show you the benefits andrecreate this service learning project with your World teaches design and installation of solar PV obstacles of using solar energy in their community.students during the school year. systems for the developing world in Costa Rica. Install a PV system, build solar cookers with the Workshop participants learn system sizing, site women’s cooperative, and build your own solar analysis, hardware specification, and component battery charger.14 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 15
  • 9. Green Building Training We continuously hear from potential students and alumni who want to know what training they should take at Solar Energy International. Along with solar, wind, and micro-hydro workshops, we recommend branching out to the various related and relevant training opportunities we offer. If you’ve ever wondered how your solar skills fit into the bigger picture of building energy and design, or if your experience in the construction industry Green Building Design and Construction teaches efficiency, could be expanded to the green sector, sustainable building design, and green building technologies. Solar Enery International has the answer. sciences knowledge base and skill sets to share with SB101: Green Building Design and clients and customers in Green Building Design Construction shows how efficiency, sustainable and Construction. For those pursuing Building building design, and green building technologies such Performance Institute (BPI) certification or Home as solar electricity come together. For job seekers, this Energy Rating System (HERS) training and testing, training shows potential employers you see the full this course helps tremendously in preparation.Sustainable Community Development: Renewable home/building as a system and have a 360-degree “This online experience is a great starter course forEnergy for Rural Villages workshop offers hands-on view of how energy efficiency can help home and anyone interested in entering the green building field,learning in a small Nicaraguan village. business owners. Expand your design and retrofit such as HERS raters, LEED for Homes green raters, etc.,” says Erica Sparhawk, Clean Energy Economy for the Region program manager. “It is also great forRD206: Wind Power for the Developing World homeowners or those interested in buying, renovatingteaches wind turbine construction with Blue Energy or building a sustainable home.”Group in Nicaragua. See how local people can beempowered by making them central figures in the design,construction, and implementation of energy systems. SB201: Straw Bale Construction is for anyoneBlue Energy, located on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, serious about building a straw bale home, in thecreates long-term value by linking its sustainable energy planning and design phase, ready to build, or isservices to life-improving energy uses such as clean light, a professional looking to expand design/buildwater treatment, medicine storage, and ice making for fish knowledge. This five-day, hands-on workshop takesstorage. Work with local technicians to build and install a deeper look at the design and detail considerationswind turbines in these rural fishing villages. Tour PV for straw bale construction. Expand knowledge of thesystems for rural applications and learn about low-tech variety of styles and techniques of building with strawappropriate water treatment systems. bales and learn more about the role and application Renewable Energy for the Developing of earthen plasters. In this workshop designedCU100: Renewable Energy and Energy World hands-on training in Costa Rica. for the homeowner new to straw bale or buildingEfficiency in Cuba educates students about Cuba’s professional seeking green design skills, participantsenergy revolution. Meet with NGOs and government PV101: Diseño e instalación de sistemas solares construct a small straw bale structure from theinstitutions, and visit renewable energy sites in both fotovoltaicos, cara a cara o en linea, se centra en sistemas foundation to the roof, and tour straw bale homes.and urban and rural areas. See first hand how Cuba has conectadas a la red, la instalación fotovoltaica más No prior building or design experience is required,become a model of sustainable energy development. Fully común hoy en los EEUU. Este curso está disponible para Straw Bale Construction green building and people of all skill levels will benefit greatly fromlicensed and legal. participantes que hablan español. training in Carbondale, Colorado. the information and hands-on activities.16 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 17
  • 10. primed for The SEI Online Learning Experience ONLINE Welcome to Solar Energy Solar Energy International has built its Online Campus with sound learning theory in mind. As you take an online course with us, you have the benefit of Log on to Solar Energy International’s International’s new Online learning through: Online Campus at Campus. Your time is now. • Streaming video with instructional by Smart Phone to read course exercises, stream course videos, participate in examples and expert interviews. Solar Energy International’s Online Campus, online forums, and watch webinars. • Online forums and discussions. at, provides user-friendly, • Chat rooms for real-time discussions. • Live office hours for student- Are you a Solar Energy anywhere, anytime access to our world-class instructor Q&A sessions. curriculum and highly trained instructors. International alum? • Quizzes with immediate feedback and grading. We want you! Log on to solarenergytraining. We pride ourselves in 20 years of developing solar training and renewable • Downloadable course notebooks for org to add your location to our alumni, offline viewing. student and instructor map. energy curriculum, but what really sets SEI’s training apart from any other • Engaging exercises with easy-to-read organization is our technology. We offer online courses including: graphics and schematics. • PV 101: Solar Electric • Readings and resources authored by Design and Installation industry leaders. (Grid-Direct), including PV101 PREP New Online Alumni • PV 202: Grid- Direct Design and Career Center and the NEC The Solar Energy International • PV 203: Battery-Based Online Alumni and Career Center is here to help our students explore Design the opportunities within the renewable • PV 206: Solar Business energy industry. The center provides: and Technical Sales • SB 101: Green Building • Career exploration • Industry leader interviews Free SEI Online Course! Design and Construction • Job posting resources RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy • RD 101: Renewable • Resume writing tips • New for 2011! Energy for the This resource provides networking • 10-lesson overview of RE types. Developing World connections for students and alumni as • Get to know the SEI Online Campus. • RE 100: Intro to well as opportunities to explore career • Printable Record of Completion. Renewable Energy (free) opportunities and professional paths • SEI Alumni and Career Center access. • Webinars (free) within the renewable energy industry.18 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 19
  • 11. Solar Energy International - - A Timeline of Achievements 2003 - SEI sends our first INVEST volunteer overseas. Kim Paradis traveled to Honduras for six months working with Enersol Associates. She helped electrify this school with solar so Not to be missed: SEI is celebrating our 20th 1998 - SEI kicks off our students could use computers Anniversary all year long (if not longer). Women’s Program with a and have other amenities. Call and wish us a happy birthday! (970) 963-8855 photovoltaics (PV) workshop in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, we’ve conducted 23 workshops just for women. That’s more than 350 2005 - The Solar School Bus 1991 - Solar Energy International women trained, thanks to that arrives on the scene to help teach has our beginnings in a collaborative program. And many more women kids about renewable energy and effort between Johnny Weiss and Ken T-shirt design, circa 1996. take our co-ed solar workshops. guzzle some veggie oil. Olson to educate people around the world so that they better use renewable energy and environmental building technologies. The current and most recent scenic SEI T-shirt design. 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 By 1993, Solar Energy This design was featured on SEI International made inroads T-shirts many times over the years. on a broad array of 2005 - In coordination with Honor renewable energy 1998 - A big year for SEI! the Earth and the Western workshops including Solar Energy International 2002 - Solar Energy Shoshone Defense Project, we bio-diesel, micro-hydro, also launched our first PV International is one trained more than 20 Native wind, electric vehicle, course ONLINE, serving of the first training Americans in PV installation and strawbale building and even 44 students and organizations to gain installed a PV system to power the a hydrogen workshop. furthering our positon of accreditation for our PV ranch home of Western Shoshone 2009 - Solar Energy While we haven’t stuck educational leadership 2004 - Photovoltaics: program through the IREC elders Mary and Carrie Dann. International becomes the with all of these as in the industry. Design and Installation workshops, SEI remains organization. As of 2010, SEI Regional Trainer-of-Trainers Manual is published hopeful that all innovative Comparatively, in 2009, is proud to have seven for PV and Solar Heating and and utilized as the technologies contribute to SEI served 1,512 online accredited Instructors and Cooling for a 15-state Rocky A very early SEI T-shirt design. textbook in our PV a greater sustainable future. participants. 10 accredited Master Mountain group through the training workshops. Trainers actively involved in U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Solar teaching our courses. Instructor Training Network. Follow the evolution of logos Solar Enery International has used through the years.20 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 21
  • 12. No place like Home. Our office and classroom in Carbondale, Colorado In 1991, the 20-year-old training leader that is live in Carbondale. In addition to Solar Energy International’s seven-acre Paonia, Colorado, campus, our Carbondale facilities focus on administrative and student support services and host many classroom-Solar Energy International teaches hands-on workshops around the world. Solar Energy International began in a small alley-side based, hands-on workshops. Join us on a whirlwind tour. office with four employees in downtown Carbondale, The Carbondale staff occupies the old town hall Colorado. Carbondale was, and still is, the home of acquired in 1997 as a community nonprofit center, Solar Energy International’s co-founders and solar alongside KDNK community radio. In 2010, Solar experts, Johnny Weiss and Ken Olson. Energy International expanded into a new classroom Just like Solar Energy International, the town in the Third Street Center facility. Solar Energy of Carbondale has seen much growth. As each SEI International joined 38 nonprofit organizations, workshop trained well intentioned “hippies” and artists and small businesses in what was previously “back-to-the-landers” in the beginning, many of SEI’s an elementary school and is now a model for alumni never left, establishing professional roots on redevelopment, sustainability and collaboration. the Western Slope of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Third Street Center enables us to better impact Solar Energy International Carbondale alumni renewable energy education and public awareness became builders, electricians, community nonprofit by hosting more workshop offerings, numerous leaders, policymakers, and homeowners. And in turn, community events, and regional K-12 students as SEI’s influence as the leader in renewable energy part of SEI’s dynamic Solar In the Schools program. education became well established. In Carbondale, In 2010, we began renovation of one of two Carbondale, Colorado Paonia, Colorado there is solar everywhere you turn, from the new spaces in the Third Street Center rotunda. Originally Clean Energy Collective community-owned solar the Carbondale Elementary School built in 1966, our farm on the edge of town to nearly all of the town’s renovated space had been well loved, including by public buildings. And, Carbondale has one of the Sustainable Building Coordinator Rachel Connor’s highest per-capita of straw bale homes of anywhere in kindergarten class in 1983. There were cubbies the country. Six years ago, the town council passed to remove, walls to recycle, asbestos to abate, and an energy efficiency plan to reduce emissions by 30 electrical and plumbing issues to resolve. There was percent by 2015, and they’ve already met the target also an ethic to follow of creating a true learning reduction - five years ahead of schedule. laboratory for those focused on implementing Solar Energy International now has more than sustainability in their schools, community, homes or 15,000 alumni and 28 team members, many who businesses. In that, SEI has stayed true to our mission. Guemes Island, Washington Rancho Mastatal, C osta Rica This 50kW solar array F is an integral part of Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado, rom Colorado to Costa Rica, venues for Solar Energy International hands-on an eco-friendly facility where Solar Energyworkshops open up a world of possibilities. Whether the workshop is located in International hoststhe United States, at our Paonia PV lab facility, or overseas in a tropical Nicaraguan hands-on workshopsvillage, renewable energy training with Solar Energy International melds training in renewable energy.with educational eco-tourism. Don’t forget your camera. Photo by Brent Moss Photography 22 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 23
  • 13. Our eco-campus and PV lab Our hands-on training venue facility in Paonia, Colorado on Guemes Island, Washington Five years ago, Solar Energy International For the past 15 years, Guemes Island, expanded operations to include a seven-acre property Washington, has been the location for more than amongst the diverse agricultural community in 100 Solar Energy International hands-on workshops. Paonia, Colorado. This expansion serves as a Why this small, residential island home to foundation to our long-range goal of creating a approximately 800 year-round residents and renewable energy and sustainable living educational only 8.2 square miles in size? center that provides a diverse and enriching forum to In the mid-1990s, Ian Woofenden approached engage in and learn. SEI about offering workshops in the San Juan Islands Why Paonia—this small community in Western chain. Ian, who has lived on Guemes Island for more Colorado? Even though many people have never U.S. Dept. of Energy 2010 hands-on solar training than 30 years raising his large family off-grid using heard of Paonia, the town is a destination that we at our PV lab facility in Paonia, Colorado. solar electric, solar water heating, and wind power, chose intentionally as the place to have some of the stepped in as SEI’s Northwest Coordinator. best solar training in the U.S. Paonia is in a lush (named after yours truly) from Revolution Brewery. Each year Solar Energy International NW Hands-on solar training on Guemes Island, Washington. valley in the high desert, with the North Fork River This is a community that loves SEI and the students. presents a spring and fall series of workshops. While running right through town and surrounded by In the five years since Solar Energy International each series has both introductory and advanced Our international locations mountains. On your way out to our eco-campus, has been in Paonia, we’ve worked hard at developing workshops, all programs benefit from the location you’ll pass acre-upon-acre of organic fruits. There’s the eco-campus and PV lab facility. Our campus and characteristics associated with Guemes Island Costa Rica. Ecuador. Nicaragua. Mexico. Cuba. always students in class who go mountain biking in allows us to provide unparalleled hands-on workshops. These tropical regions are not only some of the most the spectacular trails in town, or spend their evenings experiences to augment classroom and online The signature aspect of workshops on Guemes beautiful travel destinations in the world, but they are fly-fishing in the gold-medal waters just west of town. learning. As part of our commitment to deliver code Island is the opportunity for participants to work on also home to Solar Energy International’s sustainable Or camp and hike in the surrounding wilderness. compliant, safety oriented PV training, we developed actual renewable energy installation projects. Each community development training. Students come to Paonia, because they want to not a state-of-the-art PV lab facility that gives students major workshop does a real-world installation for For example, SEI’s Renewable Energy for the only receive incredible training but be a town where the opportunity to work on the various system types an island or regional homeowner or business. These Developing World workshops in Costa Rica are they get to know their training buddies and locals. and mounting techniques common in the solar systems increase the amount of renewable energy held at Fundacion Durika, a private reservation of Paonia is also home to the award-winning SEIPA beer industry. Our experienced instructors oversee small produced, and provide an educational opportunity for 18,500 acres in the Talamanca Mountains. In Mexico, groups of students in the installation, testing workshop participants. developing world workshop participants apply and commissioning of fully operational PV Part of the legacy of 15 years of SEI workshops on appropriate and resource management technologies to systems. In addition to our PV lab facility, Guemes Island is the large number of solar-electric, the rural indigenous community of Tziscao, Chiapas. we also have labs for micro-hydro, solar solar-hot water, and wind-electric projects on this Our Ecology, Permaculture, and Natural Building thermal, natural building and wind power. small island. There are more than 30 renewable energy workshop includes five days in Rio Muchacho, However, we are not stopping here. system tour sites. This rich diversity is leveraged Ecuador, at an organic farm demonstrating a Our vision for the future includes during each workshop, through daily opportunities to combination of organic agriculture, permaculture, building a state-of-the-art classroom move from the classroom to in-field learning through local traditional moon planting, renewable energies, based on regenerative design principles. touring and examining working systems. These tours and recycling. These hands-on training venues surely Our lab facility will continue to evolve as bring students together with system owners, who put the “International” in Solar Energy International. technologies change. The Paonia eco-campus share how their vision became reality, while workshop Our Sustainable Community Development is a chance to expand upon the inspiring participants become inspired by these RE pioneers. workshops in Nicaragua provide hands-on learning in SEI culture and community, create a place Participants can choose to either walk, bike, or a small Nicaraguan village, Sabana Grande, Madriz, that shares a renewed land ethic and teaches drive onto the ferry and make the 10-minute trip and on the Atlantic Coast with blueEnergy, an people the essence of living a renewable and from Anacortes to Guemes Island. Once on the organization that helps communities integrate hybrid sustainable life. From wind power to PV to island, most workshop participants join island living wind and solar electric systems. micro-hydro to sustainable building, SEI by staying at the Guemes Island Resort, next to the Cuba educates students about the country’s energyOur eco-campus and PV lab facility in Paonia, Colorado. will continue to lead the way in teaching the inland waters of the Pacific Ocean. As any student revolution. Mexico offers an overview of technologies world about renewable energy. Stay tuned who’s gone through a training on Guemes Island promoting small-scale sustainable energy and resource because the future is full of possibility. knows, there’s never a dull moment. management systems in the developing world. 24 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 25
  • 14. T hrough our outreach programs, Solar Energy International works with grassroots and development organizations around the world to promote sustainability and improve quality of life. Solar Energy International also works locally and classrooms - at no cost. High school students can take an entire online course in renewable energy basics - also at no charge - through Solar Energy International’s online campus. Learning is fun, especially with our hands-on, solutions-focused presentations. And we have yet to see a kid who can For this reason, Solar Energy International created INVEST. Think of INVEST as a renewable energy Peace Corps. women’s workshops are taught by women for women, and are intended to provide a supportive learning atmosphere stay away from our biodiesel-powered solar school After successfully for students. Even regionally to educate school children about bus. We can confidently say children see hope for completing Solar women with hands- the benefits of solar, wind, and water power. the future in renewable energy, and it’s a privilege Energy International on experience already Our members’ generous donations support to see the lightbulb come on over their heads. Solar workshops, alumni working in technical these global outreach programs: In the Schools is wholly supported by financial can volunteer in an fields find it helpful and donors, partnering organizations and Solar Energy international project rewarding to network Solar In the Schools (SIS) reaches out to K-12 International members. helping to electrify with other women students through classroom presentations, teacher rural communities interested in and/or trainings, a lending library of energy-teaching International Volunteers in the with renewable energy, working in renewable equipment and a free online renewable energy Environmentally Sustainable Technologies build sustainable energy. Scholarships course. The program prides itself on teaching these (INVEST) connects alumni of Solar Energy houses, and train local are available. serious topics with optimism, hands-on experiences International’s renewable energy program with users and technicians. and an ever-present sense of humor. Solar In the organizations in rural development around the INVEST volunteer INVEST participants share renewable energy Our Work-Trade Schools has reached more than 8,000 students world. Numerous international organizations opportunities apply to knowledge with the developing world. Program helps people and teachers since 2002. Students in our regional work to improve lives with renewable energy, yet alumni only. from around the world classroom presentations use solar cells to turn many are poorly funded, understaffed, or lack a to hone their skills while helping to strengthen and electric motors. Educators in our summer teacher sufficient number of people with technical expertise. Our Native American Program helps Native grow our organization. Solar Energy International training workshops talk pedagogy with other energy- Fortunately, many Solar Energy International Americans meet their energy and housing needs exchanges 100 percent tuition for eight weeks of conscious teachers while building solar ovens, solar alumni are willing to volunteer their time to help with renewable energy and natural building. workshops in exchange for eight weeks of work. race cars, and model wind turbines. Via our energy improve the lives of people around the world while Solar Energy International works with Native We match existing needs to the work-traders’ equipment lending library, teachers use expensive experiencing new cultures and ways of life. Yet, many American groups and nonprofit organizations, skills. Solar Energy International receives much- renewable energy training equipment in their people are unaware of the opportunities that exist. training people from the Western Shoshone, needed help with the day-to-day workload andReaching out Skull Valley Goshute, Lakota Sioux, Yurok, special projects, and work-traders trade time and Zuni, Hopi, and Chippewa Nations in renewable knowledge for free tuition to our Renewable energy technologies. In 2008, Solar Energy Energy Education Program. The true benefit is International teamed up with Honor the Earth, a we can work and play with new people from all Native American environmental advocacy group, over the country who offer a fresh perspective on to successfully conduct a PV installation and renewable energy. training on the Skull Valley Goshute reservation. A year prior, the Skull Valley tribal members Scholarships are offered in a limited number celebrated the successful defeat of a proposed for students in need to learn renewable energy nuclear waste storage facility on their reservation. technology and sustainable design skills. Partial The community feels PV training, attended by tuition scholarships provide financial assistance for Solar Energy Native Americans from four different tribes, is the beginning of a movement toward a new energy one class per student per calendar year. Students are responsible for transportation, housing, andInternationals economy focusing on sunlight and life. meal expenses. Traditionally, scholarships are awarded to people from developing countries20-year history Our Women’s Program provides technical training workshops in a supportive learning atmosphere to bring more women into the or in financial hardship unable to participate without this help. We also work with workforce development agencies to help unemployed workers of outreach renewable energy field. Solar Energy International utilize regional and national workforce funding. 26 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 27
  • 15. Mission accomplished S olar Energy International was founded 20 years ago as a nonprofit educational organization to help others to use renewable energy resources and sustainable building technologies through education and technical assistance. Our vision is focused on helping create a more sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants. Through our work, we see clear opportunities to help influence people’s thinking and behaviors toward energy efficiency and the use of natural, sustainable methods of energy production and utilization. We train participants from around the world. What better way to meet a diverse group of people interested in renewable energy and create a fertile environment where people can grow their relationships within the industry? In 2010, alumni friendships were formed in such fun locations as Carbondale, Colorado, pictured below and right, and in Glenwood Springs at Summer of Jazz (center right) during educator training.Staying Connected From Facebook and Twitter to chat rooms and blogs, Solar Energy International has a strong social network that helps participants grow their bonds. Many alumni leave Solar Energy International with new friendships later nurtured through e-mails, site visits and the world’s ever-popular social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join the club. Women’s PV • Like us on Facebook: participants take a • Follow us on Twitter: break at the zip line in Glenwood Canyon • Join our LinkedIn group: in Glenwood Springs, • Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Making friends at Solar Hot Water Colorado. training in Carbondale, Colorado.28 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 29
  • 16. alumni alumni to the island frequently and continues to use his knowledge Walt Ratterman gained in Solar Energy International workshops to develop small-scale solar and natural building projects. Corey is a field Solar Energy is deeply saddened engineer for Alternative Energy Concepts, a design/build firm by the loss of Walt Ratterman, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that specializes in residential who perished in the Jan. 12, 2010 and commercial energy solutions. He is a NABCEP Certified earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Solar PV and Solar Thermal Installer and leads training Walt was a SEI alumnus, instructor, workshops for Fayetteville Technical Community College. supporter and friend. He was also an incredibly dedicated one-of-a-kind individual who Lee Feliciano touched thousands of people’s lives around the world. Walt was in Haiti working on solar projects for health Lee Feliciano is EVP with CarbonFree Technology Corp, clinics with the organization that he cofounded, SunEnergy based in Scottsdale, Arizona. CarbonFree develops commercial Power International (SunEPI). Walt had more than 30 solar projects using Solar Services Agreements (also known as years’ experience in the electrical construction industry. From left to right, Blake Jones (seen here in 2009 meeting President PPAs) where a third-party investor installs, owns and operates After working for many years on large industrial projects Barack Obama), Lura Griffiths, Corey Shalanski, and Lee Feliciano are just a commercial PV system and the customer simply pays a fee nationwide, he started his own electrical firm about 20 years a few of the motivated Solar Energy International alumni succeeding in based on the amount of electricity the system produces. Lee ago on the east coast, working on many of the first solar the renewable energy industry. Learn more about their work here. believes his experience while at Solar Energy International was stand-alone and grid-tied systems on state-approved rebate instrumental in leading him to his current position. One of programs. Until his passing, Walt spent nearly all of his time Lee’s projects is a 731kW elevated single-axis tracker system on working in remote locations throughout Thailand, Burma, Parking Structure 5 at Arizona State University. Ecuador, Nicaragua, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Haiti.Meet our alumni Lura Griffiths Joe Schwartz Paul Puhr Lura Griffiths is an alumna and former Solar EnergyI n the past 20 years, Solar Energy International office volunteer, and a graduate of the Renewable As the Commercial Monitoring Integration Lead at SunPower Energy Engineering program at the Oregon Institute of Joe Schwartz is executive editor and CEO of Home Power Corporation, Paul Puhr is in involved with system monitoring International has proudly trained more Technology in Portland. She is an energy analyst/modeler with magazine and SolarPro magazine’s editor and publisher. He and data acquisition work for commercial, commercial value than 15,000 alumni in renewable energy Glumac, Inc., a leading MEP engineering firm specializing helps organize the magazines’ direction, projects, and crew. He added reseller and utility scale projects. “It is a lot of great work writes articles and equipment reviews, shoots photos, and editstechnologies. See how a few of our alumni in sustainable commercial building development. In addition with really enthusiastic people. My thanks to Solar Energy to her work with Glumac, Lura serves on the the board text and graphics for technical accuracy. Joe is also a licensed International for helping me get here!” says Paul.are making amazing accomplishments in the of directors of Solar HOPE, a nonprofit working to bring renewable energy technician and installer in Oregon, and arenewable energy industry around the world. renewable energy to Tanzania and other developing countries NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer. through partnerships between U.S. universities and local SEI alumnus Paul Puhr in front governments/universities in the developing world. Anna Bautista of a multi-megawatt installationBlake Jones he helped complete in Spain. Corey Shalanski Anna Bautista is the training and volunteer coordinator inBlake Jones is president of Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste the Los Angeles area for Grid Alternatives. Grid AlternativesSolar Electric, an employee-owned solar PV company with Corey Shalanski taught high school science in New York City empowers communities in need by providing renewablemore than 500 system installations in the past three years. prior to arriving at Solar Energy International in 2008 as a energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training.After attending Solar Energy International workshops, Blake work-trader for the Solar In the Schools outreach program. Through their Solar Affordable Housing Program, Gridspent three years in Nepal implementing solar, wind, hydro, Although he never actually drove the Solar Schoolbus, Corey’s Alternatives trains and leads teams of community volunteersand electric vehicle technologies. He returned to the U.S. in alter ego “SolarMan” was known to swoop down on local to help low-income homeowners install solar electric systemslate 2004 to co-found Namaste Solar Electric and promote the schools and give classroom presentations. Corey was a Peace on their own homes. Anna trains job trainees and communityuse of solar electricity in Colorado. Corps volunteer in Jamaica from 2001-03; he has returned volunteers on how solar works and the installation process.30 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 31
  • 17. team team Johnny Weiss Kris Sutton Co-founder and PV Instructor Trainer and Curriculum Developer Executive Director Kris Sutton is experienced in grid-direct, battery UPS, and off- Johnny Weiss is grid renewable energy systems and all types of PV systems. He a solar educator, works with architects, engineers, general contractors, building consultant, certified departments, and homeowners through all phases of PV design Industrial Trainer and installation. Kris is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and solar building and ISPQ Certified Trainer who instructs technical trainings professional. He has on PV, commercial and residential electrical systems, renewable more than 20 years energy overview, and OSHA safety. experience teaching the practical applications Chris Turek From left to right, of renewable energy Online Program Coordinator technologies. As an Chris Turek comes to Solar Camilo Uzquiano, Sandy associate professor for Energy International with more Pickard and Laurie Johnny Weiss and the than 10 years of online learning 10 years at Colorado Guevara-Stone are all Mountain College, he polar bear in Copenhagen in 2009. and educational technology members of the Solar helped develop and experience working with academic Energy International team. teach a hands-on vocational training program in solar thermal, organizations worldwide. He is photovoltaics, energy efficiency and construction skills. Johnny a Sam Houston State Univeristy works with Native Americans renewable energy training and alumnus with a bachelor’s of international sustainable development programs. business administration inMeet our team Sandy Pickard Business Manager information systems management and graduate-level studies at Texas Noah DavisS Sandy Pickard feels that Solar Energy International has A&M University in educational olar installers. Green building gurus. changed the way she thinks and behaves. She’s happy to Solar In the Schools Manager technology. If he isn’t biking Social media champions. Curriculum work in the accounting department, utilizing her renewable Noah Davis believes nothing is more important than teaching with his wife, Monique, Chris energy experience and training from SEI. Her role as business today’s youth how to deal with tomorrow’s energy challenges can be found fishing for trout developers. Solar Energy International’s - all while having fun. He taught middle and high school manager has been the ideal job for her personal growth for the at the beaver dams on McClureteam is composed of a variety of dedicated past 15 years. Sandy has a background in speech pathology in drought-stricken, rural Australia until March 2009.His Pass between our Paonia and experiences with climate change and bushfires led him to teachprofessionals who bring their skills to the from Oklahoma State University. conservation and efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Carbondale, Colorado locations.workplace and fun to their free time. Laurie Guevara-Stone His pastimes include juggling, kayaking, unicycling, writing, Kathy Swartz International Program Manager rafting, snowboarding, and telling solar jokes. REEP Team LeaderCamilo Uzquiano Laurie Guevara-Stone holds a master’s in energy engineering Kathy oversees Solar Energy International’s sustainableInstructional Designer from the University of Colorado. She is fluent in Spanish, and Tawnya Parker building, solar thermal, wind, micro-hydro, international,Camilo Uzquiano develops curriculum, combining theory and over the past 20 years has conducted projects in Nicaragua, PV Workshop Coordinator and charitable programs. Prior to coming to Solar Energyhands-on experience to create educational materials for SEI’s El Salvador, Mexico and Ecuador implementing PV, solar Tawnya Parker moved to Colorado in 2005 from Eugene, International, Kathy ran the environmental educationhands-on workshops and online photovoltaics (PV) courses. cooking and water distillation. Laurie has researched and Oregon, after graduating with honors from the University program at Camp Arroyo, one of the U.S.’s first environmentalCamilo graduated from Michigan Technological University promoted renewable energy activities in Cuba since 1996, and of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies. Tawnya education centers to incorporate sustainable design into allwith a degree in mechanical engineering. Originally from La is one of the nation’s experts on policy and practice in Cuba. appreciates working in an industry that lessens the dependence of its buildings. She was responsible for getting the camp’sPaz, Bolivia, Camilo is passionate about renewable energies She began SEI’s Women’s PV program, and has authored on energy and is inspired to be outside in the mountains that first grid-tied PV system installed and incorporated solar andand the great potential they offer underdeveloped countries. articles for Home Power, Solar Today, and Mother Earth surround Paonia. Her hobbies include mountain biking, road sustainable building concepts into the curriculum. Kathy holdsIn his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, swimming, hiking News. Her passions include trailrunning, backcountry skiing, riding/bike commuting, whitewater kayaking, skiing in all a degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and enjoys gardening,and watching cheesy movies with great special effects. mountain biking, and organic fair-trade chocolate. forms, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and gardening. canning, and hiking with Hannah the Big Newfie Dog.32 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 33
  • 18. team teamDawn Ogren Christie Cantrell April E. ClarkAdministrative Team Leader PV Team Leader/Operations Manager Marketing Communications CoordinatorDawn Ogren’s professional background includes 10 years in Christie brings extensive expertise in nonprofit, small business April E. Clark always uses her middle initial to stand out innonprofit administration. She is a self-described soccer mom and corporate enterprise endeavors to provide oversight and the sea of April Clarks in the world. She’s a trained journalist,who has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 20 years. Dawn project management to SEI’s dynamic PV team. Colorado has weekly newspaper columnist and stand-up comic skilledenjoys spending quality time with her husband and two been her home for the past 30 years, having left California’s in public relations, interviewing, editing, feature writing,sons, reading Dan Brown novels, and taking in the beauty big city fuel crises and graphic arts, multimedia production, web design, and socialof the Rocky Mountains. She has a green thumb who sees water shortages of the networking. She is a Purdue University and Poynter Institutelife through rose-colored glasses. Dawn designs handcrafted 1970s for the nurturing for Media Studies alumna. The Society of Professionaljewelry and considers chocolate a major food group. mountain lifestyle of the Journalists, Colorado Press Association and Colorado Rockies. Christie enjoys Mountain News Media have recognized April for her notable time spent with family Kevin Lundy at Solar Power International ‘10 in L.A. writing and graphic achievements. A Colorado transplant fromKhanti Munro and friends, mountain Indiana, April enjoys skiing, tennis, golf, football, and comedy.PV Online Manager and Instructor TrainerKhanti Munro, an ISPQ Certified PV Instructor and SEI hikes, Harley trips with Kevin Lundy her husband, and Paonia’salum, has been involved in the renewable energy field since small-town lifestyle. Technical Operations Manager Paul Gibb2001. Khanti earned a self-designed degree in renewable Kevin is Solar Energy International’s all-around project Financial Directorenergy from Vermont’s Green Mountain College. Khanti assistant, PV instructor, and an installation expert. He is an Paul Gibb traded corporatefinds himself working as an instructor, consultant, on- and Samantha Pickard advocate of bicycle transportation. Sadly, his bicycle spends a life in Texas for westernoff-grid system designer, installer, educator, and an advocate. Administrative Assistant lot of time in the shop. Kevin travels extensively with his work Colorado in 2000. He hasHe spends the rest of his time being a good dad, shoveling Samantha is a Colorado Mountain College graduate and has for Solar Energy International, and can be found at local reggae helped small businesses andsnow, playing ultimate Frisbee, hiking, traveling, building with been part of the SEI team for more than three years. She is shows when he’s not teaching or installing solar. nonprofits with their financeswood, taking pictures, and catching up on sleep. always delighted to speak with those considering a green career while enjoying Paonia’s rural or interested in the possibilities of renewable energy. She is at Rachel Connor lifestyle. Paul teamed up with home in the Rocky Mountains and loves all forms of outdoorKathy Fontaine recreation. Sam has participated in many workshops and hopes Sustainable Building Program Coordinator Solar Energy International in Rachel Connor started with SEI in the summer of 2001 as an 2006, signing on as financialOffice Manager to apply her renewable energy knowledge to an off-grid farm. intern and was hooked from day one. After earning a bachelor’s director in 2008. WhenKathy Fontaine grew up in Texas before moving to California degree in environmental studies at Utah State University, she not crunching numbers,and Washington with her husband and two sons. After Paul chases around his twintheir sons were grown, the couple lived aboard a sailboat on Jeff Tobe joined the staff in 2002 to help develop and teach SEI’s online boys and provides free labor to his wife’s education program. Rachel is a green building instructor born April Clark and Paul GibbLake Union, Seattle, for a year before sailing down the West PV Instructor and Lab Manager and raised in Carbondale, Colorado. She cherishes her role as organic farming operation. Paul is a Boston settle a friendly football wager Coast, through the Jeff came to SEI in summer 2002 a mother of two small children, and loves those “light-bulb University (MBA) and Colgate University involving the Indianapolis Colts Panama Canal, and as an intern and installed his first moments” when students are inspired to build sustainable (BA) graduate. back up through the grid-tie system as a PV101 student and Paul’s favorite team, the building careers or homes through SEI training. Caribbean to Texas. workshop. He has designed and New England Patriots. Her sailboat was led system installations including Cindy Hotchkiss equipped with solar grid-tie, grid-tie with battery Dan Giese Accounts Payable panels to recharge the backup, stand-alone, water Registration and Programs Assistant Cindy Hotchkiss is a number whiz in the SEI accounting batteries on board. pumping and micro-hydro. Jeff Dan Giese comes to Solar Energy International with the department who came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1969 In 2001, Kathy has also participated in projects convictions of a samurai. He is trained in disciplines of to study liberal arts at Colorado Mountain College. Raised participated in SEI’s bringing renewable energy to contemporary painting, semantics, aesthetic design, and non- in Boulder, Cindy’s favorite childhood memory is horseback work/trade program, Native American communities. motorized two-wheeled transportation. In continual effort to riding and playing cowgirl in Estes Park. She enjoys thought- took seven renewable Jeff refurbishes abandoned enrich the quality of life for his community, Dan brings a range provoking fiction, sweet potatoes, Grateful Dead and Jonny energy workshops, and used bikes for students of assistance to those who want to grow green. He registers Lang. Cindy considers SEI a perfect fit in her life, envisioning and was later hired as and community members as students, prepares curriculum support materials, and interfaces her legacy as one that provides future generations with a office manager. alternative transportation. with SEI members who support the organization greener, more sustainable Mother Earth.34 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 35
  • 19. team members Matthew Harris Brian Mehalic Sustainable Building Advanced PV Online Coordinator and Instructor Program Coordinator Brian Mehalic worked as lead installer and project manager for Matthew Harris serves as the EV Solar Products in Arizona before joining SEI in 2008 to develop hands-on projects manager advanced PV online curriculum. He is a NABCEP Certified for all of Solar Energy Solar PV Installer with experience designing, selling and installing International’s natural building on- and off-grid PV, solar thermal, wind and water-pumping workshops. Educated in systems. Brian is a Northwestern University alumnus and architectural design at Arizona former SEI intern who enjoys deep-sea fishing. Brian is a regular State University with a focus contributor to Home Power magazine. on sustainable natural building, Matthew shares a vision of a built environment focusing on Carol Weis regenerative, restoritive design PV Curriculum Developer strategies. Since 1999, Matthew and Instructor has shared techniques such as Carol Weis writes and updates cob, straw bale, adobe, and Solar Energy International’s PV earthen plasters with people and Advanced PV curriculum throughout the world. In the and instructs in both the hands- past decade he has built five on and online workshops. Carol straw bale homes and has helped also organizes SEI renewable From left, Solar Energy International’s popular Solar In Schools outreach in Carbondale, with a handful of others. energy trainings for other Colorado, and hands-on solar training in the developing world in Costa Rica. institutions and organizations.Breccia WilsonAdministrative Assistant Through her work in the industry, Carol has traveled Become a Member internationally to Nicaragua, Carol Weis with SEI friendAt Solar Energy International, Breccia Wilson specializes in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Haiti, andadvanced word processing, e-mail use and the telephone, and has Henry Red Cloud receiving Support Solar Energy International with a membership Mexico. She has been a trainer their Interstate Renewable Ya blackbelt in data entry. She grew up in Orange County, New for SEI since 1998, and hasYork. She started coming to sunny Colorado in the summers to instructed SEI’s well regarded Energy Council awards at Solar our support helps Solar Energy International in manyplay polocrosse 17 years ago and fell in love with the place and Women’s PV class. She is a Power International in 2010. ways. From funding our outreach programs to helping make the Paonia Eco-the people. Breccia lives in a solar-thermal and solar PV-equipped co-founder of SEI’s Solar Sisters campus additions a reality, furthering our vision of a truly sustainable futurelog cabin in Carbondale, Colorado. Her hobbies and interests group, and is a licensed electrician in the state of Colorado. She is ainclude alternative and renewable energies, belly dancing, lucid NABCEP Certified PV Installer and ISPQ Master PV Trainer. depends on the generosity of Solar Energy International members.dreams, playing the fiddle and mandolin, snowboarding, tele-skiing, We trust that you share our commitment to the work that lies ahead of us. Andskateboarding, surfing, sustainability, outdoors, traveling, film, Chris Smith we trust that you understand how important your support is to helping Solar Energymusic, the environment, and polo. International achieve its goals and join with others around the world in creating a Administrative Assistant Chris Smith is a people-person by nature, who moved from real sustainable future. Become a member today! Solar Energy International membership levelsSoozie Lindbloom estate broker to office manager at our Paonia campus. She loves and benefits are valid for one year and may be renewed annually thereafter.Solar In the Schools Assistant meeting students from all around the world. Originally from In 2011, Solar Energy International’s 20th Anniversary is a time for celebration, butSoozie Lindbloom believes hands-on renewable energy education Arlington, Virginia, Chris came out west many years ago on a also a time for shoring up our ability to continue and to expand our work. Please join usis paramount to ensuring the youth of today are equipped with wild adventure that turned into her life. She settled in Silverton,the knowledge to make appropriate, sustainable decisions about Colorado, a small mountain town located over 9,000 feet in in this worthy endeavor by making a gift to the SEI Sustainability Fund. Solar Energytheir future. When she’s not skiing, biking, hiking or raising altitude. After many long winters, Chris and her husband, Steve, International is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internalher baby girl, Soozie teaches K-12 students and their teachers moved to Paonia, a bigger town at a lower altitude, but still close Revenue Code. Annual membership dues and donations may be tax-deductible (checkhow they can make a difference in their energy future through to the mountains. She loves the four-season climate of Paonia and with your financial advisor), and no matter the size, will have enduring value. Visit ourrenewable energy, and energy conservation and efficiency. Soozie the emphasis on locally-raised food.Chris has two golden retrievers,has been an environmental educator for more than 14 years, most Peach and Cody, who take her for long walks every day. Her three website at to join online, or submit the form on the following page. Thankpredominantly as an instructor with both SEI and Outward Bound. grandchildren live in the mountain town of Sun Valley, Idaho. you from all of us at Solar Energy International. Here’s to 20 more years of success!36 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011 37
  • 20. members resourcesMembership levels and benefits You will also receive website recognition for your NABCEP Certification Materials business with optional logo and link to your business After successfully completing Tuition includes all workshop materials. Participants Sustainable Friend: $1-$99 website or e-mail address. PV101, participants are receive a notebook, and in some cases an additional Your membership will support our invaluable eligible to sit for the North textbook and/or CD, upon arrival at the workshop.  Sustainable Partner: $1,000-$2,499 outreach prorams. American Board of Certified Four $50 credits to any Solar Energy International Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam. Both Sustainable Supporter: $100-$249 online course or in-person workshop of your choice, NABCEP and SEI recommend students do not take the Waiting List One $50 credit to any Solar Energy International and one-year subscription to Home Power magazine.* If a workshop is full, students are placed on the waiting list exam immediately following PV101, but rather spend online course or in-person workshop of your choice, Access to the Alumni Career Center (ACC), at no charge. If space becomes available, SEI contacts the additional time preparing. The NABCEP exam includes and one-year subscription to Home Power magazine.* members-only webinars, and job postings on the ACC. first person on the list, allowing 24 hours for registeration questions on grid-direct and battery-based PV systems. If You will also receive website recognition for your students elect not to take PV203 before the exam, they before SEI contacts the next person. Sustainable Sponsor: $250-$499 Two $50 credits to any Solar Energy International business with optional logo and link to your business should spend significant time independently studying online course or in-person workshop of your choice, website or e-mail address. topics related to battery-based systems, and post-course Transfers review recommended by NABCEP. Learn more about To transfer a space to someone in the same company and one-year subscription to Home Power magazine.* NABCEP and the requirements and recommendations for or family, a $100 administration fee is charged. A Home Power magazine subscription for sitting for exams at Sustainable Colleague: $500-$999 memberships of $100 or more is available at no Three $50 credits to any Solar Energy International cost to you. Are you interested? Cancellations online course or in-person workshop of your choice, ISPQ Accreditation If cancelling prior to 30 days before the workshop start and one-year subscription to Home Power magazine.*  Yes, I would like Home Power magazine SEI’s PV workshops are accredited through date, 50% of the total tuition is non-refundable. A written Access to the Alumni Career Center (ACC), *Only one discount per person per workshop the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality cancellation is required. If cancelling within 30 days members-only webinars, and job postings on the ACC. allowed, and can be renewed annually with membership. (ISPQ), which is overseen by the Interstate of the beginning of the workshop, the entire tuition is Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Our non-refundable. Rarely, SEI must cancel a workshop due wind and solar thermal accreditation is in to low enrollment, instructor illness or other unforeseenSupport SEI’s Outreach Programs J o i n o n l i n e a t s o l a r e n e r g y. o r g the process. ISPQ provides a set of standards for evaluating circumstances. SEI notifies participants if a workshop they different training programs. These standards were have registered for has been cancelled. They may enroll inPlease make a donation to one of SEI’s outreach programs. developed as a framework for people to compare the course another workshop (based on availability) or receive a fullYour support helps SEI bring renewable energy technologies to those in need. content and training quality of renewable energy, energy refund of tuition. Notification of cancellation normally SIS – Solar in the Schools  INVEST – International volunteer program efficiency, and distributed generation technology courses. occurs one month prior to the beginning of the workshop; Scholarship for women’s program  General scholarship fund To find out more about ISPQ, visit in rare cases, however, it may be less. SEI is not responsible Native American program  Scholarship for people from less for losses incurred on housing, travel or other arrangements. developed countries Workshop Atmosphere Membership cost: $________ + Outreach program donation: $_________ = Total enclosed: Solar Energy International’s workshop size is limited to a learning-conducive student-teacher ratio. We stress safety Books and Merchandise SEI’s photovoltaic curriculum uses Check (payable to SEI) enclosed. and consideration. People from different cultures attend our revised textbook, Photovoltaics:Please charge my:  Visa  MasterCard  American Express  Discover SEI’s workshops, and all participants are expected to treat Design and Installation Manual. people of various backgrounds and abilities with respect.Card Number: ____________________________Exp._____ Security Code:_____ Filled with examples and practice Workshops are taught in English unless otherwise noted. exercises, this practical manualSignature:_________________________________________________________ provides an excellent introductionName:____________________________________________________________ College Credits to solar electricity, system design,Address:__________________________________________________________ The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy and installation methods. Also Technologies (CERET) offers certificates in renewable available in Spanish. Find ourCity: ___________________________________State:____ Zip:_______________ energy. Certificates are granted through Madison Area textbook and a variety of renewableCountry:___________________________________________________________ Technical College (MATC). SEI’s online courses qualify energy books, SEI T-shirts, for college credits through MATC and towards a renewable stickers, and Solar PathFindersTelephone: ___________________________Fax:__________________________ energy certificate. Visit online for details. online at renewable energy solar training online courses38 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855 sustainability 20th anniversary training catalog | 2011outreach hands-on workshops 39
  • 21. 1991 - 2011 Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID 76 South Second St. G JCT, CO Carbondale, CO 81623-0715 Permit #134 How is Solar Energy Internationalcelebrating 20 years of training in 2011? Let us count the ways ... New courses. More blog posts. Free webinars. And that’s just the beginning. Stay tuned at 40 Solar Energy International | (970) 963-8855