Morrisville State Renewable Energy Training Center To Host Solar PV Site Assessment and Proposals, Wind Site Assessment and Proposals Workshops

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Morrisville State College's Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC) is hosting two one-day workshops pertaining to solar and wind energy.

Solar PV Site Assessment and Proposals—A Contractor's Perspective is scheduled for Jan. 29 and Small Wind Site Assessment and Proposals—A Contractor's Perspective is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Both workshops are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the RETC located in Shannon Hall. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Workshops are open to anyone, whether homeowner or contractor, who is interested in installing solar or wind units and needs help navigating the paperwork involved in the process.

Topics that will be covered in Solar PV Site Assessment and Proposals include creating a site assessment checklist, hands-on use of solar assessment tools, familiarizing participants with codes and zoning, structural and electrical, and home energy requirements. An afternoon session will cover economics and include hands-on exercises.

In the Small Wind Site Assessment and Proposals workshop, participants will learn about site considerations including turbulence, tower heights and energy production, review items pertaining to wind turbine installation and partake in hands-on sessions.

Both workshops, which earn seven PDH credits (professional development hours for engineers) and .7 CEUs (continuing education units), are being presented by Court Rutherford, vice president of operation for Pyrus Energy, who has more than 30 years of experience in the energy field. Pyrus Energy designs, sells, installs and services energy systems.

Tuition for each workshop is $300. Scholarships are available to offset the cost.

For additional information or to register for the workshops, contact Betsy Busche at 315-684-6391 or e-mail her at

The RETC will also co-host, with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), a workshop on Advanced Hydronic System Design, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (7 PDH credits) at MVCC.

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.