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Community Solar and Zoning for Solar Energy

Location: Lupton Hall Room 130A

Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Date: October 13, 2017


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NY-Sun PV Trainers Network and Farmingdale State College invite all local public officials involved in the planning, permitting, inspection, or approval processes for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to attend the Community Solar and Zoning for Solar Energy workshop.

The workshop will discuss basic strategies to develop a policy, planning, permitting and regulatory framework for solar. Participants will learn about the public engagement techniques, the legal process in plan making, and nationally accepted best practices and common features found in comprehensive and other local plans. It will also give an overview of community distributed generation, also known as community solar, New York's newest mechanism for expanding access to solar to communities. Futhermore it will cover the NY solar market and incentives, community solar models, rules, and regulations, and the role and concerns of different stakeholders in developing and managing community solar projects including property tax and assessment concerns.

Policymakers who complete this workshop are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.

After the presentation, the trainers will be available for short consultations with municipal representatives to discuss potential technical assistance services.

David Katz, Derric Meister and Bill Oberkehr - Sustainable CUNY




Geothermal Heating and Cooling Education

Location: Lupton T101

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Date: October 19, 2017


Imagine life in a home where the temperature is always comfortable, and there are no signs of a heating and cooling system. The air smells fresh; you can hear the birds singing and the breeze rustling the through the trees. The home shares energy with the earth similar to the way the roots of the trees exchange the essentials of life to their leaves and branches. This is the kind of value for which most would pay a higher price.

Many will pay a little more for something that lasts longer, provides a better value, or even for its beauty and curb appeal. Some items that fall into this category might be granite counter tops, high quality kitchen appliances, or a nice car. Geothermal heating and cooling is one of the instances in which the appeal has to do with the absence of various items, which can explain some of the unknowns, or mystery surrounding this remarkable renewable-energy (RE) technology. From outside appearances, there's nothing to see.

With some RE technologies, their presence is obvious. We can quickly identify solar panels on the roof, wind generators, or even an electric car. When folks think of premium air conditioning and heating, they think of quiet and comfortable. With geothermal, the outside condenser is eliminated; one less piece of equipment to see and hear. That's why geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are hard to spot, and why they are quite simply the masterpieces of air-conditioning and heating.

Here's what you get when stepping up to a "Classic Geothermal Heating and Cooling System":

  •  Remarkably comfortable
  •  Quiet operation
  •  Elimination of outdoor equipment
  •  Long lasting
  •  Storm and weather proof
  •  NYSERDA's $1200-$1500 per ton geothermal rebate
  •  The best energy efficiency available
  •  Elimination of on-site GHG emissions

With a geothermal heat pump, you get peace of mind. In heating and air-conditioning, peace of mind comes from elimination of the outdoor condensor unit. Once eliminated, so is the noise, the weathering, the extra equipment, the GHG emissions, and the potential for storm damage, whether it be from hail, hurricanes, snow drifts, or who-knows-what.

Jay Egg is a geothermal consultant, writer, speaker and the owner of EggGeothermal Consulting. He has co-authored two textbooks on geothermal HVAC systems published by McGraw-Hill Professional. He can be reached at jayegg.geo@gmail.com , or you can hear him speak at several NYSDERA and NY-GEO sponsored events during the fall of 2017.


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