Solar Energy International Presents 2003 Women’s Program

Last year SEI’s women instructors taught almost 200 women in hands-on women’s workshops throughout the country. Their goal is to train and empower women to use Renewable Energy and seek employment in the field.

Carbondale, Colorado – January 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The curriculum is the same as the coed classes. The difference is the empowered women that you will network with, learn from, and interact with in this class. The Women’s Photovoltaic Design and Installation will be held in Santa Cruz, California from March 3 to 8. Participants in the PV Design & Installation workshop learn how to use photovoltaic (PV)technology to produce their own electricity from the sun. The workshop focuses on the practical design and installation of home PV systems. Participants learn system sizing, site analysis, hardware specification and component selection. The workshop covers typical applications and case study examples. March 7 and 8 will be a hands-on grid tied installation working with local installer, Akeena Solar. The Women’s Wind Power workshop will be held in Custer, Wisconsin, from June 8 to 14. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Solar Energy International will be hosting a women’s wind workshop in Custer, Wisconsin. This workshop is an excellent avenue for women to get involved with wind power installations and applications. Participants will install a 126′ tilt-up tower and a Proven 2500 wind turbine that will be grid-tied. Topics include safety, tower design, hybrid systems, system sizing, legal considerations, site analysis, energy storage, and economics. This workshop is ideal for homeowners who are planning to install a system, or women wanting to get into the field. The Women’s Photovoltaic Design and Installation workshop will be held in Paonia, Colorado, form July 7 to 18. This two week course will teach participants how to use PV technology to produce their own electricity from the sun. This class has a strong hands-on component during the second week of instruction. Troubleshoot existing systems, program inverters and controllers, examine code violations, learn about water pumping, and install a full PV system. Classroom curriculum includes system sizing, site analysis, hardware specification and component selection. Why women only? The workshops are intended to provide women with a supportive learning atmosphere. Many women have little or no hands-on electrical experience, and may be wary of attending a coed course with men who have grown up using power tools. Even women with hands-on experience already working in technical fields find it helpful and rewarding networking with other women interested and/or working in Renewable Energy.

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