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bE Hosts Solar Energy International Workshop

By Casey Callais -- It was an exciting week for blueEnergy and a small group of participants enrolled in Solar Energy International's Sustainable Community Development: Wind Power for Rural Communities class hosted by bE Nicaragua.
Alex works winding a coil

The SEI group of five was introduced to how and why blueEnergy works with renewable energy and clean water solutions on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Mornings of presentations were followed by afternoons of hands-on work where the participants had the opportunity to wind a stator coil, assemble, mount and balance a set of turbine blades and build water filters.
Kieth and Thibaut mixes cement for water filters
The participants also took part in a three-day trip to Monkey Point to perform turbine tower and battery maintenance. Upon returning, a tour of some of the Baptist wells and the solar latrine was given, as well as a visit to see the Independence Day parades and several locations of interest in the city of Bluefields.
Guthry works with Alex to connect the wiring

Reid and Tasha's work overseen by Ronald

This was the second SEI workshop hosted by blueEnergy and we hope to make it a regular event. Special thanks to Laurie Stone from SEI for making this workshop possible!

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