March for the Climate!

The People's Climate March: Sunday, September 21st in NYC

The People's Climate March is expected to be the largest climate rally in world history. Come show your concern for future generations by marching with tens of thousands on Sunday, September 21st in New York City. The action will coincide with a meeting of world leaders at the United Nations to discuss steps to address the climate crisis. These leaders need to hear our voices! Click here to read more about the march and RSVP

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September 08, 2014

At 12:00 PM through October 04, 2014

Alternative Fuel Vehicles PHEV Workshop

Farmingdale State College, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center

The concept of hybrid technology along with its history will be discussed. A brief explanation on air standard thermodynamic cycles will be included. The definition of efficiency and advantages and disadvantages of using hybrid technology will be highlighted. Different designs of hybrid electric vehicles will be analyzed. This course also covers the safety and maintenance procedures of hybrid vehicles. This is an online course which is offered over an eight-week period. All communication, announcements, course material, homework/project assignments, examinations and any other course related activities are done using Angel Distant Learning Tool. There are eleven modules covering the course materials. For each module, homework is given and upon the completion of the modules the students will be given an examination.

The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
Register before deadline: $600
Register after deadline: $69

September 10, 2014

At 09:00 AM through September 13, 2014

Small Scale Wind Workshop

Farmingdale State College, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center

This workshop introduces the fundamental concepts of small scale wind technology. It is a 3-day training course that covers the design and maintenance of small scale wind systems and the following topics are discussed:

  • Turbines and their Components
  • Wind & Geographic Conditions
  • Assessing Wind Sites
  • Town Codes
  • Rebates & Financial Assessment
  • Installation
  • Monitoring & Maintenance
  • Risks and Mitigation

Price $385 (includes breakfast, lunch and textbook)

September 15, 2014

The workshop introduces the fundamental concepts in Photovoltaic technology. It provides training in the design, installation and maintenance of grid connected residential photovoltaic systems. The course is developed based on Task Analysis of NABCEP. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of PV Systems
  • Sunshine basics
  • How PV works
  • Components of a PV systems
  • Setup, configuration and sizing
  • Wiring and controls
  • Relevant sections of NEC
  • Zoning laws and building codes pertaining to PV systems
  • Interconnection requirements in New York State
  • Specific parameters of concern to utilities in grid connected systems
  • Practical experiments and demonstrations of different aspects of PV
  • Site visit with detailed explanation of maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Actual hands on set-up of a small scale grid connected system

In addition, basic electrical concepts and safety issues related to PV installation and maintenance work will be covered. It is a 6-day, 48-hour training course that includes extensive hands-on experience and real world applications. The first day provides an introduction to basic electricity and PV concepts and it is optional for engineers and licensed electricians. Students are eligible to take the NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam after completing this course.

The Solar Energy Center at Farmingdale State College is accredited as a training institution and continuing education institution on solar energy by the Institute of Sustainable Power. This is the first such center to be accredited in the Northeast and the fourth in the entire USA. The center promotes education, applied research, training and public awareness in sustainable energy and in particular solar energy. Farmingdale State College is the site of the first utility scale photovoltaic demonstration project in the Northeast U.S. Three 20 kW units and one 20 kW unit were installed at various locations on campus in 1992 and 1993 respectively.


The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
Register before deadline: $795
Register after deadline: $895
(Breakfast, Lunch and textbook are included)

Recommended for: 

Electricians, Solar Contractors, Engineers, Architects, Home Builders, Contractors and anyone who is interested in solar PV systems.

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September 17, 2014

Cold Spring Harbor Public Library in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

New York is being targeted by the oil and gas industry for fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, which underlies large parts of the state. In fact, leases have already been signed in the state and are pending the governor’s approval. The Cuomo Administration could decide any day that fracking could move forward in New York.

We can stop this from happening. Governor Cuomo has the opportunity to ban fracking for good in New York state, and we need him to do the right thing and keep our state safe. Come to our Kick-off Meeting at the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library on September 17th at 7pm to find out how you can help pressure Cuomo to put a ban on fracking!

New York has some of the best drinking water in the country. We know the facts about fracking and we’ve seen the consequences. Our water and health is too precious to mess with. Get involved in this pivotal fight and protect our public health for generations to come. Have friends that would be interested? Bring them too! RSVP Here