Inspired by the success of a statewide consortium focused on construction training, the State University of New York (SUNY) reached out to several colleges to see which ones were interested in forming a clean energy consortium. SUNY asked Alfred State College to take the lead based on its grant experience and training programs in photovoltaic and small wind technology.
Alfred State College, the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and six community college partners that include Tompkins Cortland, Broome, Dutchess, Mohawk Valley, Sullivan and Westchester banded together to orm SUNYgreensNY, which offers a single statewide source for photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal and wind energy technology training. NYSERDA awarded the consortium a grant in 2008 to help its members develop clean energy training modules and acquire laboratory equipment at each of the seven locations.
Today, the consortium helps students, such as recent Alfred State College alum Sean Kelley, sharpen their skills by integrating renewable energy modules into existing courses of study. As a student in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, Sean was able to combine a strong foundation in electrical training with renewable technology training.
Since earning his two-year degree, Sean has participated in the installation of two different photovoltaic systems at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., earned certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) and has worked on several renewable energy projects at Alfred State College. As a NYSERDA-approved PV installer, Sean now runs his own company designing and installing residential solar electric systems.
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