Solar Energy International aims to educate 12,000 people in renewable energy in 2012!
To do it we will:
- train trainers
- train solar installers and technicians
- teach kids in all grade levels to understand where electricity comes from -and that it isn’t limitless through our Solar In the Schools program
- show people in remote villages and communities in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America how to harness the energy of the sun, wind and water around them so that their children can read their school books after the sun goes down.
- train American women to work as Solar Suitcase Ambassadors around the world- delivering the small plug-and-play solar electric systems to maternal health workers in rural communities, who will in turn use them for basic obstetric care, significantly reducing the 350,000 deaths of women and millions of newborn babies each year.
- teach Native Americans to install and maintain solar systems while performing projects on reservations
- continue to offer the free online Introduction to Renewable Energy course in both Spanish and English which is moderated regularly by SEI staff that can answer student questions
- keep the the SEI Lending Library of books, tools and equipment available to teachers that want to bring renewable energy into the classroom
Support SEI's efforts to bring renewable energy education to 12,000 in 2012.
Consider the impacts of your donation or fundraising efforts on SEI's behalf:
- $20,000 brings renewable energy training to 20-30 people in the developing world
- $4,000 supports the design, installation and 3 day training of Native American users of a Solar Power trailer for electricity at native gatherings in and around the White Earth reservation in Minnesota
- $2,000 brings a 2 day solar installation and training to the Navajo reservation
- $1,000 provides a scholarship for a person in need to take an in-person class
- $700 provides a Walt Ratterman Scholarship for a person in the developing world to take an online class
- $500 builds a Solar Suitcase, a small mobile stand-alone PV system, which will be delivered by SEI trained Solar Suitcase Ambassadors to rural unelectrified health clinics in the developing world.
- $200 involves 25 kids (or so) in a highly interactive (and fun!) Solar In the Schools presentation
- $100 supports 200 students through the free Introduction to Renewable Energy online class- which is also available in Spanish