Remote Energy provides customized, technical solar training programs and support to organizations that use solar energy as part of their strategy to tackle issues relating to jobs, health, education, gender equality, and poverty.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems have emerged as a cost effective, sustainable solution to remote area power systems and rural electrification.  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 worked on projects and have conducted training activities in more than 25 countries worldwide often in developing or marginalized communities. 

 

                                 Our technical team

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Brad Burkhartzmeyer

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 Solar PV Installer, IREC 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 Weis specializes in developing solar technical curriculum and training solar educators. Carol is a IREC certified Master PV Trainer TM & NABCEP PV Installation Professional. Carol started as a solar electrical installer and then worked as a lead member of Solar Energy International’s PV technical team for 15 years. She now primarily focuses on training technicians and educators who are starting solar training programs throughout world. Carol has advocated for women inclusion in the energy sector by teaching all women’s PV classes since 1999. She has a working proficiency in French, Spanish comprehension, as well as fluency in English.

 

Chris Brooks

Chris’s 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 USA.   Chris has served in the US Peace Corps,  has a MSc in Renewable Energy and is a NABCEP certified PV installer.  He is also a licensed electrician.  Chris also currently works as a PV instructor for Solar Energy International and conducts PV trainings in Spanish and in English in the US, abroad, and in cyber space.  

 

Jason lerner

Specializes in remote, battery based solar electric installations with local crews to build capacity. Jason is a licensed electrician, and in 1994 he founded, and still operates an electrical contracting company specializing in off grid solar design and installation. He brings 25 years of off grid experience to projects worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Brooks

Chris’s 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 USA.   Chris has served in the US Peace Corps,  has a MSc in Renewable Energy and is a NABCEP certified PV installer.  He is also a licensed electrician.  Chris also currently works as a PV instructor for Solar Energy International and conducts PV trainings in Spanish and in English in the US, abroad, and in cyber space.  

 

                                                 

Board Members

                                                              Chris Rogers

Chris is a founding partner and CEO of Point32 Services, a project management firm that oversees planning, design and construction for its clients in the non-profit sector.  Notable projects include a new headquarter building for the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, the Bullitt Center in Seattle – the first mid-rise commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge, the renovation of Seattle’s Town Hall, and planning for the expansion of the Seattle Aquarium.  Chris was formerly the Director of Capital Projects and Government Affairs at the Seattle Art Museum where he oversaw the development of the Olympic Sculpture Park.  For 8-years prior, Chris negotiated land conservation transactions and developed urban park projects for the Trust for Public Land.  A Seattle native, Chris received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in forestry from Yale University.  Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including On the Boards, the Bloedel Reserve, ARCADE, and the People’s Waterfront Coalition, and is currently a member of the Seattle Parks Foundation’s Project Advisory Committee and a board member of BirdNote.  He has been invited to speak at numerous green-building conferences in the United States and abroad, including Ireland, China, Chicago, and at workshops for students at Yale University, the University of Washington and Williams College.

 

 

 

Laura Wedeen

Laura  brings more than 25 years of experience in international non-profit management,  including 18 years working in senior technical and management positions based in developing countries.   Ms. Wedeen has lived and worked professionally in Haiti, Nepal and Viet Nam, and undertaken shorter term assignments across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.  For most of her career, she has worked with international NGOs, and with the United Nations. 

Ms. Wedeen moved to Seattle in 2009 and currently works as Senior Consultant, Global Health Strategy, Policy and Resource Mobilization. She has served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, and chaired their international programs work.  She currently lives in Seattle with her husband. 

 

LAURIE GUEVARA-STONE

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.