SUNY Canton students are helping Birdsfoot Farm in Canton remain an environmentally-friendly community.
Kibria K. Roman, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, said that his students will be augmenting their classroom instruction this semester by volunteering their time to troubleshoot and make repairs to the farm’s solar units.
Birdsfoot, which was founded in 1972, is a proponent of sustainable living and grows organic vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Roman explained that the students are building a system to test the main residence’s heat exchanger. They will work in collaboration with a local solar energy installation company, Proven Energy Systems, to make the necessary repairs, as well as learn how to fix a solar charging station.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning to solve a real-world problem, while also work alongside experts in the industry,” Roman said.
The partnership with Proven Energy Systems was established by one of the program’s students, Michael J. Tuper, who is working part time for the company while taking classes full time.
“This collaboration also has the potential of creating opportunities for students who want to complete internships with Proven Energy Systems in the future,” Roman said.