Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Info Night, Feb. 17

Alfred State College is once again partnering with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES to sponsor the second annual Renewable Energy and Conservation Methods Information night, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 6:45-8:30 p.m., at the BOCES Center, 1825 Windfall Rd., Olean.

This 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. Additionally, although this evening’s presentation serves as an overview, a subsequent series of classes will delve more deeply into each of the topics mentioned above.

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; seating is limited.

Alfred State College faculty members Jeff Stevens and Glenn Brubaker will serve as panelists. Stevens and Brubaker will be accompanied by current freshman and senior students enrolled in Alfred State’s electrical construction and maintenance electrician program and who are also members of the Renewable Energy Team to assist with the hands-on demonstrations.

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. 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.

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, an assistant professor in the Electrician and Computer Technician Department where he teaches magnetic motor controls and programmable logic controllers to senior students, is currently serving as interim director of Facilities Services at the college.

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