U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wanted to visit Alfred State College’s Wellsville Campus two months ago, but couldn’t after her plane was unable to land. On Friday, On Friday, the college had its chance to show Gillibrand some of the ongoing green energy efforts.
Gillibrand first saw the green home being built by Alfred State students. Seniors Dave Babcock and Collen Pfaff, students in the college’s electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, talked about the work their class did to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on a section of the roof.
“We worked on the mounting of the rails that are under the panels — the layout of the system itself,” Babcock said. “We did the electricity in here. We were tasked with completion deadline by Sept. 6. That was when they wanted to start putting up the walls.”
Two sections of the solar panels provide power to the house. Inverters convert direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC). A variety of building trades program students have been working on the house. It is a place to educate students in green building techniques. It is also a lab for the public and students.
School of Applied Technology Dean Craig Clark said, “The carpeting is coming in on Monday. Other than that, by the end of the semester, we’ll have the monitoring in place to show how much energy we’re using. We’ll not only be able to explain what’s going on, we’ll be able to see it on graphs.”