VOLUME 23, NO. 7 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2009 SOLARTODAY.ORG
SOLAR ENERGY INTERNATIONAL
COURTESY OF SANTA CLARA’S 2007 DECA THLON TEAM
32 Solar Training in the City
By Zoey Burrows
In Richmond, Calif., a solar training and placement program offers skills and
a new life to at-risk residents.
37 How to Build and Teach
a Great Solar Training Program
By Barbara L. Martin, Ph.D.
The technical expert may not be a great teacher. An effective training course
40 The Qualified Solar Installer
By James Dunlop, P.E.
Sustaining an expert workforce depends on strong local standards and, above all,
a properly trained and credentialed practitioner.
44 Credentialing: What’s in a Name? A Lot.
By Jane M. Weissman
46 Let the Games Begin Again
By Richard J. King
Excitement builds for U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2009.
50 GET STARTED | The Custom-Fit Retrofit
By Collin Tomb
Technical review by Linda Wigington
Tailor your home efficiency project to your climate, building features and goals.
54 CASE STUDY | Lessons in Community
By Paul C. Hutton, AIA
Aspen Middle School’s LEED Gold design reflects the town’s values: academic
excellence, arts appreciation, outdoor education and environmentalism.
Copyright © 2009 by the American Solar Energy Society Inc. All rights reserved.
Articles appearing in this magazine are indexed in Environmental Periodicals Bibliography and ArchiText Construction Index: afsonl.com.
ON THE COVER, with guidance from Solar Richmond Project Manager Angela Greene,
program trainee Clifton Broussard gains hands-on experience installing a photovoltaic
array on a low-income house in Richmond, Calif. See “Solar Training in the City,” page 32.
PHOTO BY TIBOR KNO WLES, SOLAR RICHMOND Bottom, through sustainable building design, generous
lighting and mountain views, Aspen Middle School teaches students environmental
appreciation. Story on page 54. PHOTO © 2007 FRED J. FUHRMEIS TER/ TIME FRAME IMAGES
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