Success Story

SUNYgreensNY Delivers Clean Energy Training

“I have a unique perspective in that I am a recent graduate who has also worked with students on several different projects. I can tell you that the excitement it brought me to work on these emerging technologies continues to be displayed in the current students,” Sean Kelley, class of '03/'10, Alfred State

Inspired by the success of a statewide consortium focused on construction training, the State University of New York (SUNY) reached out to several colleges to see which ones were interested in forming a clean energy consortium. SUNY asked Alfred State to take the lead based on its grant experience and training programs in photovoltaic and small wind technology.

Alfred State, the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and six community college partners that include Tompkins Cortland, Broome, Dutchess, Mohawk Valley, Sullivan, and Westchester banded together to form SUNYgreensNY, which offers a single statewide source for photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal and wind energy technology training. NYSERDA awarded the consortium a grant in 2008 to help its members develop clean energy training modules and acquire laboratory equipment at each of the seven locations.

Today, the consortium helps students like recent Alfred State alum Sean Kelley sharpen their skills by integrating renewable energy modules into existing courses of study. As a student in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, Sean was able to combine a strong foundation in electrical training with renewable technology training.

Since earning his two-year degree, Sean has participated in the installation of two different photovoltaic systems at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., earned certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) and has worked on several renewable energy projects at Alfred State. As a NYSERDA-approved PV installer, Sean now runs his own company designing and installing residential solar electric systems.

Call Craig Clark, executive director of the Alfred State Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, at (607) 587-3101 or e-mail clarkcr@alfredstate.edu to learn how SUNYgreensNY can expand your clean energy skills.