“We would not be in this industry if it weren't for NYSERDA . . . [they] have helped us understand through education and training how to solve common building problems related to comfort, energy and durability. This has had a direct impact on our corporate growth.”
— Fred Fellendorf, President, Buffalo Energy
When it comes to growing New York’s clean energy workforce, NYSERDA funds a variety of workforce development programs that help train staff, build qualified teams and expand businesses.
For over 10 years, NYSERDA has been supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development and training initiatives and has created a network of more than 40 clean energy training facilities across the state. Through this network, NYSERDA’s partners have provided training in solar water heating, small and large wind systems, geothermal, fuel cells, photovoltaic technology and anaerobic digestion. NYSERDA is working with 25 new training partners to develop career pathways and other technical training initiatives that target unemployed and underemployed individuals.
Thanks to NYSERDA-funded training through the Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), Buffalo Energy, a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor was able to grow from two full-time employees to eight in just three years. Headquartered at Hudson Valley Community College, CEEBS has an expansive network of 18 locations that develop and deliver workforce development building science training across the State.
Fred Fellendorf, founder of Buffalo Energy, says the training that his employees received through CEEBS provided them with valuable information and helped them develop the expertise needed to deliver energy efficiency and building science services for single- and multi-family homes and commercial buildings.
Today, Buffalo Energy serves customers through NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Multifamily Performance Programs.
Training is provided by community colleges, unions, professional associations, technical high schools, as well as through the CEEBS network, where the BPI recognizes its energy efficiency classes.