First Annual Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Info Night

Alfred State College is partnering with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES to sponsor the first annual Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Information night, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the BOCES Center, 1825 Windfall Rd., Olean. (Snow date will be Thursday, Feb. 25.)

This three-hour session features a lineup of professionals within the renewable energy fields of PV (solar electric), wind energy, solar thermal, geothermal, and energy conservation and weatherization will speak on the basic terminology and considerations homeowners and business owners need to know. The speakers will also be available to field questions and to demonstrate components to the systems. This event is open to the public free of charge. Please call (716) 376-8278 or (716) 376-8384 for additional information or to confirm space availability.

Alfred State College faculty members Jeff Stevens and Glenn Brubaker will serve as panelists.

A member of the Alfred State faculty since 2002, Stevens lectures on electrical theory and national electrical code understanding and interpretation, as well as photovoltaic design and installation. His goal is to help develop and implement a curriculum and training facility that focuses on the training and accreditation of men and women to meet the industry guidelines for the installation of PV systems in the Northeast. He has attended numerous PV programs and trainings and is a member of focus groups working to meet that goal.

Stevens, a licensed master electrician and contractor, maintains a small electrical contracting business.

Additionally, Stevens has obtained his pre-certification as a certified photovoltaic installer, continues studies with associated National Electrical Codes and Photovoltaic installations, and is currently working with other faculty to build a green home laboratory addition to the facility at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus to accommodate the demand for training and showcase the craftsmanship of the students and the renewable technologies currently being taught throughout the programs.  He has great interest in closing the gap between the electrical trade industry and the PV industry.

Stevens holds two associate of occupational studies degrees from Alfred State College: construction and maintenance electrician and plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, ’91 and ’93, respectively.

Brubaker, of Andover, is an instructor in the Electrician, Computer and Robotics Technician Department where he teaches magnetic motor controls and programmable logic controllers to senior students.

Prior to joining the Alfred State College faculty, Brubaker served as senior electrical specialist at West Valley Nuclear Services, Co.

Brubaker holds a bachelor of professional studies degree—business degree—from Empire State College and an associate of occupational studies degree from Alfred State College.