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SUNY Canton Offers Solar Energy Workshops in Watertown

Monday, September 14th, 2015

SUNY Canton is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Initiative to provide solar training sessions in Watertown.

Solar photovoltaic energy collection is gaining widespread appeal as a way for consumers to lower their energy costs. The technology behind solar collection can require new training for engineers, architects and technicians. SUNY Canton offers training opportunities for those working with, or planning to work with, solar energy collection systems through its Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development.


Upcoming training sessions include:

  • A solar photovoltaic permitting and inspection methods workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown. The program is designed for electrical and building code officials and third-party contract inspectors and will provide in-depth training on the equipment commonly found in solar photovoltaic systems. It will prepare participants to develop permit and inspection checklists and review equipment installation schematics. Attendants will earn six in-service credits through the New York State Division of Building Standards and Codes.
  • A solar photovoltaics for engineers and architects workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, also at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The session will detail the structural and engineering considerations involved with installing rooftop solar photovoltaic systems. Participants will learn how to utilize local electrical and building codes in the design and installation of new solar electric systems. Attendants will earn six learning units for the American Institute of Architects or six professional development hours for professional engineers. Continuing education units will also be available for completing the course.

Each workshop costs $17.87 to attend and individuals can register through For more information about the workshops, contact Arthur S. Garno, director of the SUNY Canton CREST Center for Workforce Development by phone, (315) 386-7197, or email,


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service.  Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Students Make Alumni House Greener

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems students have made hot water cheaper and greener at the College’s Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

A class of solar utilization students installed two rooftop heat collectors to learn about solar thermal systems and to benefit the home.

Students installing solar panels on the Alumni House

“This is a great example of the innovative ways our faculty implement our signature hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These students’ efforts embody our mission to remain dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.”

Students were involved in the process from start to finish, gaining experience in discussing the benefits of renewable energy, technical training in determining material needs, costs, scheduling and layout. They made two presentations to the College Foundation and facilities personnel to garner support for the project.

The students then installed the two solar collectors on the roof of the house and made plumbing connections to the existing hot water system. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking, laundry, and other uses throughout the house. Much like conventional hot water heating, the newly installed system stores the water in a tank for later use.

“A solar thermal system is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption for residential applications,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, associate professor of engineering technology who taught the course.  “The students did an excellent job adapting the new technology to the existing structure.”

Throughout the summer months, the system produced storage tank temperatures well over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum recommended temperature setting for hot water tanks.

“The system performed well,” Bullwinkel noted. “Many people don’t think there is enough sun in Northern New York to use the solar collectors. We actually have enough sunlight to produce more hot water than is currently used at the house.”

SUNY Canton students will continue to maintain the system and use it as learning tool. The system will also be used for research into solar hot water performance in the area.

“Being able to collect data from an actual residential setting versus what we would get from simulating one in a lab has been great,” Bullwinkel added. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming support we received from Dr. Kennedy, the College Foundation, the Canino School of Engineering Technology, and our facilities department.”

The College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology is involved in solar thermal curriculum training programs through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The SUNY Canton Alumni House is located at 8 Stillman Drive in Canton, just outside of the College’s 555 acre campus. It was named in 2008 to honor 2006 Honorary Alumna Blanche K. Woodcock.

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