Solar Energy International, a non-profit institution for Renewable Energy education, will host a two-week solar workshop at Maho Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands this spring.St. John, USVI – March 14, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] At the workshop, scheduled for April 28 to May 9, participants will learn how solar energy is converted into electricity through the use of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, and will gain hands-on experience by helping to upgrade the solar power systems currently installed at Maho Bay. With its sunny tropical climate, Maho Bay provides an ideal location for teaching environmentalists, contractors, homeowners, resort-owners and other conservation-minded individuals about the benefits and practical applications of using solar energy, including solar water heating. According to Solar Energy International executive director Johnny Weiss, “the folks at Maho are not just talking about being green, they’re actually doing it.” The solar workshop is split into two, one-week sessions. The first week is spent in the classroom and offers participants an in-depth, practical education on solar PV systems. During the second week, students will have the opportunity for hands-on work on Maho Bay’s solar energy system. Participants can opt to attend the first week only, or attend both weeks. The cost of the workshop is US$550 for week one only, and US$1,050 for both weeks. Lodging is available on site and is available at a 20 percent discount for workshop participants. A meal plan of US$27 per day that includes breakfast and dinner is also available. Space is limited. Registration and more information is available on the Solar Energy International Web site.