CARBONDALE, Colorado — Financial and other pressures have forced Solar Energy International (SEI), a nonprofit, alternative-energy training center based here and in Paonia, into what is being called an organizational restructuring.
“A long-term decline in income from our renewable energy training classes and grant revenue forced the board to act,” said SEI board chairman Ed Marston, of Paonia, in a statement issued last week.
The decision to lay off several staff members, and to accept the resignation of former executive director Trési Houpt, came after a meeting of SEI’s board of directors on June 1.
At that meeting, the board voted 3-2 to move forward with the changes, which were recommended by the organization’s management, according to SEI founder and current board member Johnny Weiss.
“There’s growing pains, and there’s shrinking pains,” said Weiss. “These are shrinking pains.” He said he voted against the changes, but declined to elaborate about the board’s discussion or how others voted.