Ed Eaton has been active in the solar energy field since 1983 when he founded the Tucson Solar Potluck & Exhibition, now entering into it’s 30th year, and co-founded the solar energy advocacy group Citizens for Solar. In 1983 he started Our Sun Solar a solar oven company where he is sole proprietor today installing PV systems and building and designing solar ovens. In 1988 Ed served on the Arizona Solar Energy Association’s Board of Directors
Ed has participated and organized many educational demonstrations and events for the general public, schools, environmental groups and energy professionals. His work has led to several installations of photovoltaics in school camps, state parks, and environmental learning centers.
Ed has worked in the solar industry as a professional system designer, installer and teacher.
He worked for Solar Energy International (SEI) as one of the primary instructors from 1993 to 2003 where he instructed workshops in Solar Water Pumping, Solar Cooking, Basic and Advanced Photovoltaics. Ed is a ISP certified Master Trainer of Photovoltaics who has taught over 3000 people through SEI and his own personal workshops.
Ed takes pride in being a mentor to youth of all ages. Encouraging them to get involved with renewable energies. Ed was the director of Solar Energy International’s Renewable Energy Youth Camp for 5 years and of CampUs a renewable energy camp for teens for 4 years.
CONSULTING TEACHING WORKSHOPS
PHOTOVOLTIAC SYSTEMS and SOLAR OVENS
Johnny Weiss is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of Solar Energy International. SEI is a 20 year old educational non-profit with the mission to help others learn about the Renewable Energies of solar, wind, water power, and natural house building. , Johnny is a solar educator, consultant, Industrial Trainer and solar building professional. He has over thirty years experience teaching the practical applications of the renewable energy technologies. As an Associate Professor for ten years, he helped develop and teach a hands-on vocational training program in solar thermal, photovoltaics, energy efficiency, and construction skills. Johnny has extensive practical experience as a natural house builder, general contractor, and he is knowledgeable in the environmental building technologies of earth and straw construction. Johnny regularly works with Native Americans training programs, works in international sustainable development programs, and helping transfer renewable energy technologies to the developing world. Johnny was the proud recipient of the ISP ’08 Mark C. Fitzgerald Memorial Award.