NABCEP Creates Walt Ratterman Award

The Board and Staff of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) are pleased to announce the creation of the Walt Ratterman Award for Creative Community Energy.

“We have launched this award to recognize and honor Walt and his astonishing renewable energy work among some of the world’s most needy people,” said Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director.

Walt channeled his efforts into the non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization he co-founded, SunEnergy Power International (SunEPI). The company’s mission is “to promote an increased quality of life in remote, rural regions of the world through the use of renewable energy”.

In February, Ratterman’s body was found in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He had been installing solar systems on remote medical clinics around the country.

The “Walt Ratterman” award will be presented to the NABCEP Certificant who does the most creative public service oriented renewable energy project of the year. Installations can be domestic or off shore, but they must be performed at no charge for a charitable organization. Considerations such as legacy, local labor and material content, on-the-job-training and project sustainability will help guide the award committee.

His wife, Jeanne Ratterman, said, “His humor, love, knowledge, hard work ethic, thoroughness, teaching and insisting on work that would meet code in any affluent country of the world, leaving his students with a working knowledge and a skill for work in their country to maintain the systems were all part of why those he helped loved him.  He returned to make sure systems continued working optimally, and embellished any teaching that was needed.”

Nominees for the award must be NABCEP Certificants in good standing and may work in any technology that NABCEP offers certifications for. The recipient of the award will be announced each year at a major renewable energy conference. Nominations should include details of the individual nominated, their projects and the nominator’s reasons for the nomination. All nominations should be forwarded to Ezra Auerbach.

The first recipient of this award will be announced in 2011, nominations for the award will be accepted until December 31, 2010.

To hear more about Ratterman’s work, listen to the Inslde Renewable Energy podcast A Salute to Walt Ratterman.

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