Alfred State is pleased to announce its partnership to become a part of the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT) that is implementing a photovoltaic (PV) and wind equipment test facility. The new PV and wind test centers will operate as the core of CeCeT’s network of renewable energy resources. CeCeT is funded by a $4.2 million grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with Intertek, a leading international quality assurance testing company.
Alfred State was written into the grant as the workforce development partner. The college joins AWS TruePower of Albany, Binghamton University, Clarkson University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology as partners in this venture with Intertek that has formed the Center. CeCet will allow clean energy technology initiatives and testing to be more accessible in the region, especially to local manufacturers that seek certification for marketing. [www.intertek.com ]
“The ability of the college to participate in building the infrastructure for solar and wind testing and certification in the region is exciting and will expand the knowledge of our faculty and students in cutting-edge renewable energy technology,” remarked Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.
The PV and wind energy facility in Cortland, NY, is the first of its kind to “offer testing for certification in the northeastern United States,” according to Intertek’s website.
Joining CeCeT and the commitment to increased access to renewable energy resources reflects Alfred State’s commitment to integrating sustainability education into its programs, and furthers the mission of reducing its carbon footprint and training students to succeed in a global green economy. The college will also serve as host of the "Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability" conference from June 14-16, 2012, focusing on networking with a diverse range of education and sustainability professionals. Learn more about the conference and register. 
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and 30,000 people in over 100 countries around the world.