U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
New York Launches Clean Energy Workforce Training Initiative
February 27, 2008
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
unveiled a $6-million clean energy workforce training initiative on
February 25. NYSERDA will invest more than $4 million in a range of clean
energy sectors including solar photovoltaic systems, small wind
turbines, and biogas energy systems. An additional $2 million is
included in the Governor's Executive Budget for developing the solar
workforce through programs at community colleges across New York
State. The intent of the new efforts is to help develop a workforce
that can design, install, and maintain renewable energy systems to
ensure the successful implementation and promotion of renewable energy
technologies in New York State. New York has already invested nearly
$1 million to develop seven accredited solar training centers and
continuing education programs across the state. See the NYSERDA press
release and the pamphlet about New York's Solar Electric Practitioner
Training Centers (PDF 311 KB).
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As noted in the NYSERDA press release, the agency is also seeking to
establish a Wind Energy Research and Testing Center in New York.
Although still in the preliminary stages of discussion and planning,
the center would catalyze and support research in such topics as
advanced materials, power electronics, turbine design, wind
forecasting, and environmental impact assessment. The proposed Center
would also provide resources to test new products while helping to
provide a highly skilled workforce to meet the needs of the quickly
growing wind power industry.