Renewable Heat NY Training Opportunities

Training Schedule

To qualify for a Renewable Heat NY financial incentive, the system must be installed by a contractor who has demonstrated technical competence in the design and installation of high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating equipment. Installers must have at least two years of relevant experience and have completed manufacturer’s training for the boiler brand they are installing. At least one individual from the company or firm must have successfully completed Renewable Heat NY biomass training or other NYSERDA-approved training.

For information on how to become a qualified installer:

On-Site Training

Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boilers

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Jamestown Community College
Manufacturing Technology Institute Room 121A
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

To register:
For more information: contact Molly Bibisi: 

This full day design-focused workshop examines best practices for combining modern, high-efficiency wood-fired boilers with hydronic distribution systems. It covers the operating characteristics of wood-gasification boilers, pellet-fired boilers, wood-chip boilers and the latest hydronic heating technology that can complement these high-efficiency heat sources. The hydronic topics covered include low temperature heat emitters, high-efficiency circulators, modern control techniques, and options for water-based thermal storage. 

Presentation Slides

Online Training

Developed for NY contractors in partnership with John Siegenthaler and Appropriate Designs, this workshop fulfills contractor training requirements to participate in NYSERDA's 'Renewable Heat NY' program.

Technical Resources

Design Assistance manual for High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Biomass Boiler Systems [PDF]

This manual presents design assistance information for a range of hydronic heating systems using cordwood gasification boilers and wood pellet-fired boilers. The information presented includes lessons learned and best practices based on NYSERDA-sponsored research projects and biomass boiler systems installed under the RHNY incentive program.

If you are interested in a printed copy of the design assistance manual, please send your request to 

Webinar Training

Upcoming Webinars

Date: May 14, 2019, 1 pm - 2 pm

Title: Simplified method for controlling heat delivery from biomass boilers and auxiliary boilers
Description: Most hydronic heating systems that have pellet boilers or cordwood gasification boilers, also have auxiliary boilers. The objective is to supply heat from the pellet or cordwood boiler, or its associated thermal storage tank, whenever possible, and supplement that heat input when necessary to maintain adequate supply water temperature to the distribution system. It’s also important to prevent heat generated by the auxiliary boiler from being inadvertently added to the thermal storage tank. This webinar will discuss and document a simple and inexpensive method using “off-the-shelf” controllers to meet these control requirements. The “logic” underlying this control method can also be implemented in large system applications using building automation systems (BAS).  You’ll see that control concepts don’t necessarily have to be complex to be sophisticated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand relationship between control concept and necessary piping / sensor placement.
  • Learn how to keep heat created by auxiliary boiler out of thermal storage.
  • See examples of simple off-the-shelf controllers that can be used.
  • Explain how outdoor reset control is used to ensure acceptable supply water temperature. 

John Siegenthaler, P.E., Appropriate Designs - consulting engineer

Registration: Click here to register


Past Webinars

March 7, 2019: Update on the Renewable Heat NY Program. Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 20, 2018: Situations to Avoid with Biomass Boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

May 10, 2018: Critical Measurements to Verify Operation of Biomass Boiler Systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

February 20, 2018: Control Concepts for Cordwood Gasification and Pellet Boiler Systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

November 16, 2017: Best practices for venting and chimneys on cordwood gasification and pellet boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 12, 2017: Integrating Thermal Storage with Biomass Boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

May 11, 2017: Replacing an outdoor wood furnace with a cordwood gasification boiler – design and installation considerations. Presentation Slides [PDF]

Additional Training Resources

Contractors interested in offering private financing options can view the following presentations and contact the individual companies for additional information: