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Learn How to Build a Solar Wood Drying Kiln at Morrisville State College Renewable Energy Training Center

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Learn how to use the power of the sun to kiln-dry lumber during a 5-day workshop being held June 14-18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Morrisville State College’s Wood Technology Building.

During the workshop, Building a Solar Wood Drying Kiln, participants will construct a wood frame 700-board-foot capacity solar kiln using passive solar to heat the kiln and solar panels to power the air circulation system.

Operating the kiln will be demonstrated during a future workshop.

Participants must bring tools (hammer, sharp utility knife, screw gun and bits) to the workshop, which is being taught by Jim Costello, lecturer in the Wood Technology Department at Morrisville State College. Costello also owns and operates his own sawmill and dehumidification dry kiln.

Tuition for the workshop is $900 with scholarships available to offset costs.

Call 315-684-6391 or visit for more information and scholarship details or to register online.

Morrisville State College’s RETC is a multi-county alliance of employers, training providers, economic development partners and K-12 schools to address the long- and short-term needs of New York state’s high-growth, high-demand renewable energy sector. It is funded in part, by a grant under the President’s Community-Based Job Training Grant Initiative administered by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

Morrisville State College, one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the Morrisville campus.

Morrisville State College is an EEO/AA employer.