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.

Webinar Training

Upcoming Webinars

Date: March 7, 2019, 1 pm - 2 pm

Title: Update on the Renewable Heat NY Program

Description: The Renewable Heat NY (RHNY) program has undergone significant changes since its inception in 2013. This webinar will discuss the latest program changes, the recent release of the Design Assistance Manual for High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Biomass Boiler Systems, and future RHNY training opportunities.

  • RHNY now offers increased incentives toward the installation of qualified high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet and cordwood gasification boilers in both residential and commercial applications.
  • The 240-page Design Assistance Manual for High-efficiency, Low-Emissions Biomass Boiler Systems provides design guidance and system templates developed from research projects and residential and commercial installations conducted throughout New York State. The system design templates described in the manual can serve as a starting point for successful system installations.
  • To date, the RHNY program has trained over 300 heating professionals on the design and installation of biomass boiler systems. The RHNY Hydronics for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers training and course materials have been continually updated to include lessons learned and best practices and will continue to be offered in 2019 and later.

Please attend to learn all that the Renewable Heat NY program has to offer.

Sue Dougherty - RHNY project manager at NYSERDA
John Siegenthaler, P.E., Appropriate Designs - consulting engineer

Past Webinars

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: