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Eric Youngren

Eric Youngren

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Founder of Solar Nexus International

Eric Youngren is an off-grid solar power expert with a passion for bringing clean energy solutions to rural communities in the developing world. He founded Solar Nexus International (SNI) in 2008. SNI is a product manufacturer, systems integrator and wholesale supplier of off-grid solar PV and hybrid electrical systems for customers worldwide. Currently SNI has over 1,200 systems operating in USA, St Kitts & Nevis, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya and Tanzania. In 2015 SNI will be launching a new low-power DC micro-grid platform called the Pico Power Boss.

From 2002 to 2008, Eric was General Manager of Rainshadow Solar, Inc., a full-service renewable energy contracting business serving the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Before that he was a wilderness expedition leader and field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Baja California (Mexico), Alaska, Patagonia (Chile), British Columbia (Canada) and Washington State, USA.

Eric has degrees in Anthropology and Geography and has studied renewable energy and appropriate technology with Solar Energy International (SEI) and Aprovecho Research Center. Eric lives in a microhydro-powered off-grid home on a mountain on an island in the Salish Sea.