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09/22/2010
NYSERDA and Hudson Valley Community College Unveil Wind Turbines at TEC-SMART Campus
Two-Five kilowatt Wind Systems Add to TEC-SMART's Clean Energy Technology Curriculum

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Two small wind turbines were unveiled today at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART educational facility in Malta, N.Y. The turbines will be used to train New York's future green collar workers in assembling and maintaining onsite wind technologies. The turbines also will supply a portion of the site's electricity with clean, renewable power.

The two-five kilowatt wind turbines stand 120 feet tall and are adjacent to the TEC SMART building. Each turbine will generate nearly 2500 kilowatt hours of clean renewable electricity or roughly 1 percent of TEC-SMART's electricity load. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided $29,000 in funding for the purchase and installation of the wind turbines.

TEC-SMART is the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies located at NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®).

The turbines will serve as an instructional platform on which Hudson Valley students will learn about wind turbine design, modeling, proper siting, safe assemblage, and other educational tools. The 25-credit Wind Turbine Technician programcan be completed in two semesters.

"The addition of onsite wind systems at TEC-SMART will play an important role in training the clean energy workforce for the future," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. "As we work to diversify New York's energy mix with clean, sustainable energy resources, having a highly skilled work force in the growing clean-tech sector will strengthen the economy of our state and help achieve the state's ambitious energy reduction goals."

"These turbines at TEC SMART are a visible reminder of how Hudson Valley is helping foster a new kind of career path for New York's residents - one in the rapidly accelerating field of wind energy," said President Andrew J. Matonak. "Through this partnership with NYSERDA, we are happy to be on the cutting edge of wind turbine technician training."

The TEC-SMART campus is a $13.5 million state-of-the-art educational facility. The campus, which opened in January, features more than a dozen classrooms and laboratories. Renewable technologies, such as solar Photovoltaic (PV), wind, and geothermal heating and cooling are built into the campus building and are used primarily for educating and training students for job placement in New York's growing clean-tech sector. These technologies also supply the campus with a portion of its electricity, heating, and cooling loads.

STEP's knowledge-based community is a strategic location that enables companies to tap into a highly skilled work force and state-of-the-art facilities. Its proximity to universities, clean energy manufacturing and research companies create an opportunity for synergy and collaboration.

Classes at TEC-SMART are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 15. Business and liberal arts and sciences courses also are offered at the TEC-SMART campus.