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

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, and 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

Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 am - 5 pm EST
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
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For further information, contact  Molly Bibisi
(518) 465-7085 x142

Design & Control of a Floor Heating System Supplied by a Pellet-Fueled Boiler

Capital District Celebration of National Engineers Week Conference
February 15, 2018 - 8 am to 9 am
Presented by John Siegenthaler, PE

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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.

Webinar Training

Upcoming Webinars


February 20, 2018: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Control Concepts for Cordwood Gasification and Pellet Boiler Systems

For further information, contact  Molly Bibisi
(518) 465-7085 x142


Past Webinars

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: