Jeffrey Stevens , assistant professor, Electrician, Computer and Robotics Technician Department , Alfred State College, recently presented at NYSERDA’s (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) national conference, “PV [photovoltaic] and Wind: Train the Trainer,” which focused on new ideas in educating a work force in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Stevens’ presentation, “The Renewable Energy Training Center at Alfred State College: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned,” focused on how Alfred State College integrates renewable energy issues into existing electrical and engineering programs.
During the presentation, Stevens outlined several of the training modules used in those programs, including PV systems; wind systems, including turbines and towers; training methods, including the aforementioned integration into existing programs; on- and off-campus workshops, and special projects, including but not limited to, a USDA partnership where ASC students installed a PV system at the US National Arboretum ; and instructional topics such as energy efficiency and assessment, best practices and lessons learned, safety standards, electrical system integration, renewable power generation, system design theory, and customer satisfaction.
A member of the Alfred State College 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.
He is a member of the Allegany County Gideons International and manages ministries and mission trips for Global Community Outreach.