Certification

Select a NABCEP certified PV and solar thermal installer for the highest quality installation

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The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) awards professional certification to solar electric (photovoltaics) and solar thermal installers. NABCEP's high standards are designed to protect consumers and enhance the profession.

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Just south of the equator on the Ecuadorian Pacific Coast, Rio Muchacho Organic Farm stands in the once-dense rain forest as a model of community development and sustainability. Owners Nicola Mears (an organic horticulturist from New Zealand) and Ecuadorian native Dario Proano took over the 27-acre farm almost 20 years ago with the goal of helping the land recover from decades of burning, clear-cutting, mono-cropping, and chemical applications.

When Nicola and Dario first started growing food on the land, the region was practically a desert. The tropical rain forest had been so brutally deforested for cattle farming that barely any plant life remained. Nearly two decades later, Nicola and Dario have brought the land back to life through reforestation efforts and sustainable farming practices.

Beyond their reforestation efforts, the couple has used proceeds from agritourism programs—like eco-camps, educational courses, and apprenticeships—to further develop the farm's infrastructure and support community development for the coastal farmers who inhabit and work the land. In addition to growing cash crops of peanuts, corn, coffee, cocoa, and passion fruit, the farm runs a primary school, where local children learn the fundamentals, as well as techniques for sustainable farming, recycling, waste management, and reforestation.

Getting Involved

Solar Energy International is one of several organizations that has helped the farm develop its infrastructure. Last March, SEI took a group of students—nine Americans and three Ecuadorians—to the farm for a five-day workshop on sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and renewable energy.

1. The author (far left) instructing on module shading and other PV basics.

2. One of the PV-powered cabins.

3. The solar food dehydrator drying coffee, cocoa beans, and herbs.

4. SEI instructor Carol Weis (left) and students wire the controller, inverter, and disconnect boxes.

5. The finished structure, which houses the battery and balance of system components, with the modules on top.

6. One of the hazards of traveling in the rain forest.

7. Mounting the PV modules.

8. The outdoor classroom at the farm.

9. One of the PV-powered bathrooms.

10. Students wire the modules.

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Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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