Remote Energy, a not-for-profit organization, provides customized solar electric curriculum development, training, and educational programs. We partner with organizations looking to use renewable energy to address issues relating to jobs, health, clean water, education, gender equality, and poverty.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems, also known as solar electric systems, have emerged as a cost-effective, sustainable solution to remote area power systems, rural electrification, and water-pumping systems.  Worldwide, a need exists for comprehensive, technical, capacity building programs to develop a workforce and knowledge base for PV system designers, installers, and end-users. Remote Energy is committed to aiding communities in need of electricity by training trainers who can best serve their community’s solar need. 

Remote Energy is comprised of a team of experienced, multilingual, solar experts who specialize in technical capacity building programs and PV system implementation. We have conducted training activities in more than 25 countries worldwide, often in developing or marginalized communities. 

Our Founders



Brad is an experienced solar system designer and installer. He founded Sun's Eye Power Company, a solar energy and electrical contracting company in 1993. Brad is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV Installer, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified PV Master Trainer®, and licensed electrician who has spearheaded efforts to bring solar electric systems worldwide. He works with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), Solar Energy International (SEI), and Rotary International. He trains installers and also teaches classes for community groups wishing to know more about solar possibilities for their own homes. He is fluent in Spanish and English.


Carol Weis

Carol specializes in developing solar technical curriculum and training solar educators. Carol is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified Master PV Trainer®  and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV Installation Professional. Carol started as a solar electrical installer and then worked as a lead member of Solar Energy International’s (SEI) PV technical team for 15 years. She now primarily focuses on training technicians and educators who are starting solar training programs throughout the world. Carol has advocated for the inclusion of women in the energy sector by teaching women only PV classes since 1999. She has a working proficiency in French, Spanish comprehension, as well as fluency in English.

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Chris’ primary area of interest is in the development and implementation of small, community-based PV systems and capacity building programs in developing communities.  For the past 13 years, Chris has been working as a consultant,  project manager, designer, installer, and educator for renewable energy projects in many parts of the world.  He also designs and installs residential grid-tied and off-grid solar systems in his home state of Washington in the US.  Chris has served in the US Peace Corps, has an MSc in Renewable Energy, and is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV installer.  He is a licensed electrician and also works as a PV instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI).  Chris conducts PV trainings in Spanish and English in the US, abroad, and in cyberspace.  

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Jason lerner

Jason specializes in remote battery-based solar electric systems and is a licensed electrical contractor and electrician. He has worked for Solar Energy International (SEI) as an educator, installer, and trainer and enjoys the opportunity to provide an avenue for hands-on learning. In 1994, he founded Waldron Power and Light Co. (WAPALCO), an electrical contracting company specializing in off grid solar electric system design, maintenance, and installation. Far from normal distribution channels, his island office and home have run entirely off solar and wind power (without possibility of the grid) for over 20 years.  He brings his experience to projects and trainings in remote locations worldwide. Jason gesticulates wildly in many languages.

Board Members



Laurie has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. She is currently the writer/editor for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit organization working to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. Laurie is also a trip leader for Eco-Cuba Network, leading renewable energy and energy efficiency tours of Cuba. Prior to joining RMI, Laurie was the International Program Manager for Solar Energy International (SEI), where she organized renewable energy trainings around the world. She also wrote articles for environmental magazines including Home Power, Solar Today, and Mother Earth News, and published SEI's monthly e-newsletter. Laurie has extensive experience working on and documenting renewable energy projects throughout Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.

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Robert Youngberg

Robert has extensive experience in professional consulting in the renewable energy, environmental, electric utility, and information technology industries serving national and international clients for over 35 years.

Professional career highlights include executive, management, and academic positions with the University of Nebraska, HWS Environmental Engineering, Oracle Consulting and Sun Microsystems Professional Services (electric utility clients), RCI - Cendant Corporation, Information Handling Services (IHS) / Cambridge Energy Research Associates – (CERA), and the University of Denver Research Institute.

Robert’s current volunteer activities include serving on several Boards including; Lakewood, CO, Community Solar Committee, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF 2012), Colorado Alliance for Renewable Energy, International Alliance for Renewable Energy, Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Rocky Mountain CleanTech Open, Trailblazer Foundation– Jackson, WY, Village Earth / International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) at Colorado State University, Chair - Lincoln, NE City Energy Commission, Energy Advisor for the State of Nebraska Consulting Architect and Engineers Selection Board, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Solar Water Heating Design and Installation Standards Committee, provided testimony to the United States Congress - Committee on Renewable Energy Policy and Tax incentives, State of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Business and Industry Sector of the Colorado Climate Action Committee. 

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Kate Hawley

Kate is a seasoned renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist supporting governments, non-profits and utilities in transforming their energy future. She has worked extensively at the intersection of resilience and energy development, looking at how microgrid applications can be adopted by small developing island states to ensure an ability to bounce back after large disruptions. As Associate Director at TRC Companies, she is part of the Advanced Energy team delivering distributed energy resource solutions along to enable the grid of the future. Prior to TRC, Kate has worked for international non-profits, national non-profits and private consulting firms managing research programs nationally and globally. Ms. Hawley has a background in business and economics. She received her Master's Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, and her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

Our Contributors

Laura Walters

Laura has over twelve years of instructional design experience with the specific focus of how to design and install of solar electric systems. She has applied this expertise for Solar Energy International, We Share Solar, and the Solar Electric Light Fund developing curriculum packages, textbooks, and training programs for a wide variety of audiences. In addition to curriculum work, she has taught Indigenous trainings, Solar In the Schools installations, and online PV courses. Her passion lies in distilling complex information into a digestible and engaging format and creating graphics to convey ideas. 


Lena Wilensky co-owns a renewable energy design and installation company in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Nunatak Alternative Energy Solutions, with her husband Jay.  They work on all kinds of PV projects, specializing in remote off-grid power.  She has worked with Solar Energy International Pro Services and Engineering on PV system design from residential to MW scale since 2015.  Lena was a graduate from SEI in 2005, and has worked as an electrician and for several solar installers.  In between designing PV systems, teaching for SEI, and working on system design for SEIE, she occasionally found some time to also write articles for Home Power Magazine and serve on the NABCEP Ethics Committee. She was a high school teacher and outdoor educator for many years, has a BS from Tufts University, and has her NABCEP PV Installer certification.


Christopher Freitas is an electrical engineer and has worked in the PV industry since 1988.  He served as the Chief Technology Officer of Redback Technologies Pty Ltd from 2015 to 2018.  Mr. Freitas co-founded Outback Power in 2001. Previous to that, he served as the Director of R&D at Trace Engineering, which became Xantrex Technologies and then was acquired by Schneider Electric.  He has been involved with the development of US electrical standards for PV and inverter systems since 1995.