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Community Revitalization through Solar,
Solar Energy International (SEI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution with a mission to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide. We are a leader in renewable energy education and training and have trained over 40,000 since 1991. Though we are an international training organization, we have a unique role to play in the economic development of the small western Colorado community we call home. Our community is in transition, especially since one of the three coalmines (and largest employers) recently closed. This realization led SEI to embark on a project of economic revitalization through solar. With the support of the first two AmeriCorps VISTAs, Solarize North Fork Valley was launched. Solarize seeks to create a more resilient community through solar by building renewable energy awareness in our valley and stimulating a local solar market, to create a long-term employment opportunities. VISTA #4 will collaborate with current VISTA on an expanded round of Solarize outreach and build capacity for our high school vocational training program, in addition to continued regional efforts to develop local energy to advance economic revitalization. SEI is working collaboratively with local organizations in the development of utility-scale solar, in addition to expanding its community solar program. VISTA will support these complimentary initiatives, working to ensure there is broader community access, especially for low-income residents, to cost-effective local energy. This position requires working with community partners, including the local economic development association, the local rural electric co-op, workforce offices, schools, and existing solar companies in the area. Stakeholder involvement is key for the success of this project! This position will work closely with the SEI Board of Directors, Executive Director, and current VISTA.
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Member Duties : VISTA member will work on: 1) The implementation of all stages of Solarize Round II. 2) Support of the high school solar training program, and expansion of curriculum and solar installations to additional schools. 3) Continue to explore affordable solar financing options for the county. 4) Design, market and implement these programs into continued outreach efforts. VISTA member will actively advance regional efforts to develop local energy projects, by: 1) Coordinate with the local utility around the development of utility-offerings to promote solar adoption. This includes the expansion of local energy projects like Community Solar Gardens for low-income residents. 2) Coordinate with COSIEA over the implementation of the Solar Thermal program. 3) Work with Rural Energy Center to facilitate adoption of renewable energy in the community. 4) Develop and maintain working relationships with regional partners and stakeholders to encourage local energy development and generation.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Access to SEI's Renewable Energy Courses . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Revitalization through Solar,

Program Start/End Date
04/15/2016  -   04/15/2017

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  02/25/2016  To  03/14/2016 

Contact Kathy Swartz
39845 Mathews Ln
Paonia   CO   81428
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 56391