From: Ian Woofenden [mailto:ian.woofenden@...
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2003 12:13 AM
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Subject: SEI RE workshop in Costa Rica, February 2004
We would appreciate a mention of this workshop in your newsletter and Web
Solar Energy International presents a special opportunity to study
renewable energy technology in a beautiful natural setting in Costa
Rica! This workshop will be open to only 20 students, so register
Renewable Energy for the Developing World -- Hands On
Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica
Monday through Saturday, February 16-21, 2004
This six-day workshop will include classroom sessions and labs, and
will have a strong hands-on component. The workshop will focus on
three main areas: solar electricity, solar hot water, and solar
cooking. There will also be survey coverage of wind and
hydro-electric systems, and the social and financial issues
surrounding RE in the developing world. Our focus will be on simple
system that work in the real-word conditions in less overdeveloped
The workshop will include:
* 2 days focused on the design and installation of simple
solar-electric systems, including installation of a small PV lighting
* 2 days focused on solar hot water, including construction and
installation of a batch water heater.
* 1 day focused on solar cooking, including building simple cookers
and cooking simple dishes.
* 1 day focused on other RE energy technologies and issues.
Solar Energy International has been sponsoring renewable energy
workshops for more than 12 years. Our staff includes leading experts
in the renewable energy world, and our alumni work all over the world
in the renewable energy industry. See our Web site at
> for information on our full catalog of
Rancho Mastatal <http://www.ranchomastatal.com
> is an environmental
learning and sustainable living center, retreat and lodge located in
the last virgin rainforest of Costa Rica's Puriscal County. The
property shares a significant border with the splendid La Cangreja
Reserve, a protected area providing habitat for a number of
endangered animals and flora, and containing some 2,500 plant species
and varied fauna such as 2-toed sloths, trogons, scarlet macaws, boa
constrictors, toucans, poison-dart frogs, blue morpho butterflies,
motmots, white-faced capuchin monkeys, coyotes, and anteaters. Rancho
Mastatal maintains 7 kilometers of rainforest trails, connecting to a
network of footpaths in La Cangreja.
Modestly priced lodging and food packages will be available to all
workshop participants. For more information on lodging, travel, and
local logistics, see the Rancho Mastatal Web site, or contact Ian or
Tom. Rancho Mastatal has lodging available before and after the
workshop as well, and we will supply you with a list of other
sustainability oriented destinations in Costa Rica in case you want
to plan a longer visit.
Solar Energy International
PO Box 715
Carbondale, CO 81623
Program information and logistics:
Ian Woofenden, SEI NW Workshops Coordinator
PO Box 1001, Anacortes, WA 98221
360-293-7448 (home), Fax: 360-293-7034
For more information on Rancho Mastatal, see http://www.ranchomastatal.com
Lodging, food, and local information:
Tropical Adventures in Education LLC
Ian Woofenden <ian.woofenden@...
Senior Editor, Home Power magazine, The Hands-On Journal Of Home-Made Power
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