By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate | November 22, 2011
Dec. 6 dedicated to fundraising efforts for Native American, Solar in the Schools, Women’s PV programs

Carbondale, Colorado USA On Dec. 6, 2011, Solar Energy International will proudly participate in Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour period of online giving.

Solar Energy International is encouraging supporters of SEI’s outreach programs to visit the Colorado Gives Day donation page on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and make a donation to help support SEI’s outreach in the renewable energy sector. These endeavors include SEI’s highly successful Solar In the Schools, Native American, Women’s PV, and scholarship programs.

As pointed out by the American National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in addition to direct emissions, we must consider renewable technologies from the point of view of the entire lifecycle. In this sense, solar power has significant and multidimensional environmental impacts in the construction, installation and the decommissioning phases.

The production of photovoltaic panels still has an important carbon footprint and creates a series of waste, liquid and gaseous by-products that are harmful to the environment, contact carbon offsetting company for more news and information at carbonclick.com. Firstly, the extraction of quartz, the crystalline form of silicon, and of the other materials necessary for the construction of the panels. Moreover, for the production of metallurgical silicon, huge furnaces, and very high temperatures, with the production of large quantities of carbon dioxide and sulphide, are needed.

Furthermore, the chemical process necessary for obtaining the polycrystalline silicon occurs through a reaction with hydrochloric acid and hydrogen, which leads to the formation of a very high by-product, silicon tetrachloride. It is a by-product but, proportionately, for each part of high-purity silicon produced by the reaction, silicon tetrachloride is from three to four times as much. The most advanced technological processes have reduced the production of toxic substances, for example subsequently reprocessing them for the extraction of other high purity silicon at lower costs, decreasing energy required for the extraction of new raw material.

In this time of thanks and giving, Solar Energy International is encouraging supporters of SEI’s outreach programs to visit the Colorado Gives Day donation page on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and make a donation to help support SEI’s outreach in the renewable energy sector. These endeavors include SEI’s highly successful Solar In the Schools, Native American, Women’s PV, and scholarship programs.

FirstBank, a partner on the event, is hosting an Incentive Fund which will increase the value of supporters’ donations, but this will only hold true for donations made on Dec. 6. So stop right now and add a reminder in your calendar or go to GivingFirst.org on the 6th and make a donation.

For those supporters in the Carbondale, Colorado, area on Colorado Gives Day, SEI is inviting you to celebrate with us. Solar Energy International staff will be on-hand to meet and greet at Bonfire Coffee (433 Main Street, Carbondale) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Mi Casita (580 Main Street, Carbondale) from 3-9 p.m. on the same day. Secure laptop computers will be available at both locations for in-person online donations while you hang out with (the always fun) SEI staff!

Won’t be near Carbondale or a computer on Colorado Gives Day? Not to worry, you can go to SEI’s profile page right now and set up a donation to post on the 6th of December.

Solar Energy International thanks you for considering us in your charity giving this year. Your donation assists SEI in bringing renewable energy education all over the U.S. and the world.

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Solar Energy International was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization to help others to use renewable energy resources and sustainable building technologies through education and technical assistance. Our vision is focused on helping create a more sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants. Through our work, we see clear opportunities to influence people’s thinking and behaviors towards energy efficiency and the use of natural, sustainable methods of energy production and utilization.

If you share our vision, please consider making a donation to SEI on Dec. 6.

Solar Energy International is a 501(c)(3) Equal Opportunity Institution and Employer, and is not affiliated with any dealer, manufacturer, distributor, or any other renewable energy commercial enterprise.

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