Teaching, Lecturing, Consulting

We are happy to share our knowledge in a variety of ways. For example, we conduct workshops and training, develop presentations, and provide lectures. Audiences include homeowners associations, schools and colleges, trade groups, communities, and installers — anyone who wants to understand solar energy and its applications.

TEACHING / LECTURING


Teaching/Lecturing

Solar Universe’s Training Instructor, Livermore, California — students work with experienced installers to build and operate four different solar power systems. SolarUniversity’s SunPro™ Technical Training Course was designed by trade professionals to turn beginners into SolarPros in a fast and effective learning environment. This 5 day intensive training program is offered in an active solar installation company with hands-on exercises exactly as they are experienced in the field. June 22-24, 2009

Arapahoe Community College – Ongoing work to prepare students for entrance to the renewable energy workforce.  Classroom hours prior to Field Installation Training.  Overview and hands-on touring of 4 operational Solar PV and Solar Thermal systems to compliment previous in depth class time.  June 9th and June 18th.

Red Rocks Community College – 2 weekends (4 days). May 2 & 3 and May 9 & 10.  This course provided instruction for gaining the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners) Certificate of Knowledge.  The class hands-on project is a traveling trailer that demonstrates the use of solar electricity.

Arapahoe Community College, Denver Tech Center Campus, 5 week curriculum to prepare students in Basic Electrical Principles as they relate to Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation.  This program provided opportunity to gain the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners) Certificate of Knowledge.  March/April 2009

Bella Energy, Taught a workshop to installers which was specifically tailored with emphasis on Battery Back-up.  It carried 8 hours of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) approved continuing education.   “Advanced Off-Grid and Hybrid Photovoltaic (PV) System” March 2009

Jefferson County Workforce Center – Sustainable Solutions, Inc. worked in tandem with iCAST to develop the curriculum and present this program to help educate the workforce center employees on ‘green jobs’.   February 25,  March 4 and March 31, 2009.  “We are recording this for other workforce centers and the potential masses who will watch this online”.

iRed Rocks Community College – Instructor for the Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Certificate of Knowledge Program.  Advanced Photovoltaics including Batteries.  December 6-7 and December 13-14, 2008.

WIRED (Workforce Innovation Regional Economic Development Grant from the Department of Labor) SOLAR Installation Training Course for iCAST (the International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology). Grid-Tied Solar and Off-Grid Solar, Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Center, Denver,November 2008, January 2009, February 2009, May 2009

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) sponsored workshop instructor:
– Advanced Grid-Tie Photovoltaic Systems, Marriot Denver West, Golden, October 2008
– Advanced Off-Grid Power Systems, Golden, American Mountaineering Center, Golden, July 2008
– Advanced PV / NEC Codes, Adams State College, in partnership with ASC Community Partnerships and San Luis Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Free Program for Homeowners and Installers to inform them as to possibilities in the Solar arena, Alamosa, May 2008
– Basic PV Systems, Adams State College and the Governor’s Energy Office, Program included area inspectors and spoke primarily to grid-tied type applications Alamosa, November 2007
– PV Installation Training Course – Off-Grid Stand Alone & Hybrid PV Systems, American Mountaineering Center, Golden, April 2008
– Battery Backup PV Workshop, Marriott, Ft. Collins, March 2008
– Two Days Basic and Advanced PV Workshops, American Mountaineering Center, Golden, October 2007
– Off-Grid & Hybrid PV Workshop, American Mountaineering Center, Golden, April 2007

Solar Tips for You – Thousand Peaks Home Owners Association, 300 lots at 35 acres each in Park County Colorado.      July 2006

CONSULTING


South Park Breeze Way – Before

South Park Breeze Way – After 10kw Awning Project

Member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Education Committee – current work involves review and comment to the Colorado State Standards in Science. On going from May 2009.

Member of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) which provides verification of installation performance for Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems.   The systems being reviewed are those that were partially funded by the Governor’s Energy Office’s grant program.  Ongoing from April 2009.

Baja California, East Cape, Palma de Cortez, Proposal for 5KW Stand Alone system to alleviate Power Outage and Brown out conditions for the critical loads at the Reservations Area.  March 2009.

Arapahoe Community College, Consultant and key member for ongoing Curriculum Development and Instruction. Courses include: 1. Preparation for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners’ (NABCEP) Certificate of Knowledge (Basic Electrical Principles as they relate to Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation); 2. Classroom Instruction for Field Installation Training; 3. Tour of 4 operational Solar PV and Solar Thermal systems.  In the works, since March 2009

Red Rocks Community College, Renewable Energy Technology Business Round Table, Curriculum Development for Building and Sustaining a Workforce Pipeline for Colorado’s Clean Energy and Environmental Industries, Current and Ongoing since September 2008

Colorado Community College System (CCCS) / DACUM (an abbreviation for Developing A Curriculum) (from the Ohio State University, Center on Education and Training for Employment, College of Education and Human Ecology) Research Chart on Solar Thermal Technicians for expanding the program for the system’s/CCCS’s secondary and postsecondary programs, November 2008

International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology – iCAST’s Workforce Innovation Regional Economic Development Grant (WIRED) from the Department of Labor  ‘Building the Energy Efficiency Workforce for Colorado Project’-“Solar Installation Training” program development from June – November 2008

Central Oregon Timber Frame – June, 2008

Lockheed Martin – Renewable Energy Feasibility Study from March 2008 – August 2008

Custom Home – Sun Mountain Log Homes, May 2008

Ranch Modification – Como, Colorado November 2006

New Construction – A Perfect Landscape, August 2008

Guidepoint Global Advisors, R.H. Bluestein & Co. November 2007

Mountain Country Life, Monthly – March through September 2004
Feature article: Little Earthship on the Mountain

If you are interested in learning more about renewable energy, we will be happy to set up a program for you. Just contact us and we’ll get right back to you.

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