Mohawk Valley Community College

Intro to PV Systems

In this 40 hour theory and hands-on installation course, solar site analysis, design, layout and installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems are presented. The course is designed to develop student understanding of PV components and systems and their integration into the electrical systems in the home. Grid-tie and off-grid systems will be presented. This course will present basic system sizing and equipment operation information to individuals who desire to ultimately achieve NABCEP certified PV installer status. Upon completion, students may elect to take the NABCEP PV entry-level exam. Pre-requisites: Students should have a basic understanding of applied electricity and be able to perform basic arithmetic computation. A basic scientific calculator is required.

Instructor: Joe Stadtmiller
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 5-19, 2011 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CRN 17660, Utica IT116
Cost: $695

Geothermal Heat Pump System Design

All summer the sun’s warmth is absorbed by the soil surrounding buildings. Geothermal heat pump systems can harvest this energy during the following winter to provide comfort in both residential and commercial buildings. They can also provide cooling during summer. This full day seminar covers the fundamentals of geothermal heat pump technology. It discusses water-to-air, water-to-water, and direct expansion heat pumps, and shows several ways to apply them in both forced air and hydronic applications. It also covers design of both horizontal and vertical geothermal loop systems. State of the art technology for minimizing parasitic operating cost in geothermal systems also is presented.

Instructor: John Siegenthaler
Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CRN 17613, Utica IT225
Cost: $299

Advanced Hydronic Heat Pump System Design

Hydronic heating technology continues to advance to meet the needs of systems using conventional, as well as, renewable heat sources. This seminar examines several of the latest developments in hydronic technology for a wide range of applications. These techniques reduce fuel use and the electrical energy needed to deliver heating or cooling to the building. They also pave the way for future use of hydronics in low energy use buildings. A specialized technique for implementing floor heating in larger commercial/industrial buildings also will be discussed.

Instructor: John Siegenthaler
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CRN 17435, Utica IT225
Cost: $299

Advanced Solar Thermal System Design

For those already familiar with the basic concepts used in solar thermal systems. It expands systems from domestic water heating only to “combisystems” that supply both domestic hot water and some of a building’s space heating load. Essential quantitative concepts such as circulator sizing, expansion tank sizing, drainback system operation, and system sensitivity to variations in design parameters are discussed, as are software packages to assist with system design.

Instructor: John Siegenthaler
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CRN 17614, Utica IT225
Cost: $299

GreenUPs: Basics for Green Business Startups

Thinking of starting a green business? Think you’ve got what it takes? This class will set you on the right path! MVCC professor John Coleman will share his expertise with you. You will learn about opportunities for starting a business that operates in a “green” manner and how to sell products or ideas that are “green” to your customers. Topics include creating a business plan, customer satisfaction and service, marketing, types of ownership, staffing, communication, goal setting, and evaluating your success. Don’t get left behind – get on the Green Business wagon and make your business last by building it intelligently and efficiently.

Instructor: John Coleman
Thursdays, Oct. 6 - Nov. 10, 2011, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
CRN 17740, Utica AB145
Cost: $99


Contact the The Center for Corporate and Community Education at Mohawk Valley Community College at phone: (315) 792-5321.