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Chris Satterlee Leads
SunWork Volunteer Training Activities
SunWork’s cadre of trained volunteers is the engine that
allows us to make solar more affordable for nonprofits and low-energy-use
homes. The great majority of volunteers are
involved with installing panels, placing inverters, running wires, and the many
other activities associated with a solar installation.
Other SunWork volunteers work on our website, perform
market research, assist at outreach events, etc. One volunteer, however, has been playing an especially
important role for the last couple of years.
Chris Satterlee has taken on the responsibility of leading SunWork’s
volunteer training sessions on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.
This role is crucial because he teaches not only the basics
of solar energy and solar installation, but also imparts safety best practices
that are vital to ensuring the well-being of SunWork’s volunteers.
Chris’ involvement allowed SunWork to dramatically ramp
up its volunteer training schedule.
Prior to his participation, a session was offered in the area he covers only
every three months. A session is now
offered almost every month, greatly expanding the pool of available volunteers
and enhancing SunWork’s role in educating the community about solar energy. (A session is also offered almost every month
in the East Bay.)
Chris has also focused his talents for innovation on
improving SunWork’s training sessions. One
example is the development of an extensive animated slide presentation that’s now
used whenever our volunteers are trained.
This has improved the effectiveness of the sessions and enabled newly
trained volunteers to hit the ground running on their first installation.
In addition to his role as trainer, Chris is an outstanding
SunWork volunteer in other regards. He worked on more than 25 SunWork installations and also helped with outreach
efforts at SunWork events.
Beyond SunWork, Chris has brought his Electrical
Engineering background and experience in leading the development of computer and networking components to other
volunteer activities. For example, he
has recently helped his alma mater, Stanford University, by producing a
tool (the “IV
Swinger 2”) that’s used in Stanford lab
courses to plot the current vs. voltage characteristics of a PV panel under
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with SunWork
installations, outreach, website maintenance/enhancement, or other activities,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Request
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