July 27, 2017 | IGSHPA News | Geothermal News
IGSHPA Training and Accreditation Opportunities
IGSHPA has several opportunities across North America for you to become certified or accredited through one of our programs. Please visit our training homepage for more info and to register to attend a class.

IGSHPA Accredited Installers Workshop
Trainer: Garen Ewbank
Date: August 9-11, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Inspectors Workshop
Trainers: Cary Smith and John Turley
Date: September 11-12, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Certified GeoExchange Designer Workshop
Trainer: Ed Lohrenz
Date: September 25-27, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA (during WEEC)

IGSHPA Accredited Installers Workshop
Trainer: TBD
Date: October 18-20, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Certified GeoExchange Designer Workshop
Trainer: Terry Proffer
Date: November 7-9, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Inspectors Workshop
Trainers: Cary Smith and John Turley
Date: November 30-December 1, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

Trainer: Ryan Carda, P.E.
Date: Rolling - Begin Immediately
Location: Online

Committee Updates

Advocacy Committee
The Policy committee had a phone-in meeting on July 13th.
The committee passed a resolution encouraging the board to pursue a tax opinion on 3d part GHP ownership and the draft "beneficial electrification white paper was released for use & edits (it is a living document designed for ongoing additions).

The next committee meeting is scheduled for August 10th at 9:30 Central time.

Conference Planning Committee
Save the dates of March 27-28, 2018, to join IGSHPA in Orlando at the Caribe Royale for the annual conference.

Marketing Committee
The next meeting for the IGSHPA Marketing Committee is Thursday, August 17 at 11:00 EDT (10 CDT). New members are welcome. Contact IGSHPA for meeting connection information.

Membership Committee
Reminder emails and postcards have been sent to those who need to renew and or recertify! Don't delay, call us today at 405-744-5175 to renew or recertify to stay in the know with the industry.

Research Committee
Members of the Research Committee are preparing a proposal in response to the recent funding opportunity from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority). The proposed work is to characterize performance of various new designs of ground heat exchangers, as well as their cost effectiveness compared with the state-of-the art. Results of the proposed project will provide needed guidance for the application of these new ground heat exchangers. Full details about the NYSERDA’s funding opportunity can be found here.

Training Committee
The training committee will have its next meeting the first part of August. If you would like to join the training committee, email IGSHPA. A poll has been created to select the most convenient time for committee members. Please participate to let committee leadership know your availability. The agenda consists of forming a subcommittee for the Certified Residential Designer Course, Discuss and initiate a subcommittee regarding modularization of the course structure and establish the IGSHPA training committee forum for committee communications.

2018 Research Track

After a successful first research track during the 2017 annual conference in Denver, IGSHPA is pleased to announce the research track is going international and will be held during the IGSHPA Sweden Conference in 2018 in Stockholm at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The research track will be on a rolling basis of every 18 months and will be back in the United States in 2020. Visit the conference website to learn more.

It's Renewal Time!

Check your membership cards and your accreditation cards! Emails have been sent to people who need to recertify their IGSHPA accreditations and/or renew their IGSHPA membership. You can update your account with IGSHPA today by contacting Gail at IGSHPA. For those who want to recertify, you will need 8 CEU points to recertify your accredited installers license for the next three years.

Save the Date!

IGSHPA is headed to Orlando for the 2018 IGSHPA Conference and Expo March 27-28.Watch your inbox and the IGSHPA website for upcoming information.

Geo Outlook Available!

Geothermal News

Media Advisory

Small WNY Company wins 2017 Top Job Geothermal Award For Lockport Housing Authority Project

Local project bests St. Patrick’s Cathedral Geo Conversion in NY City

July 14, 2017 – It’s amazing to some, but a local project to efficiently heat and cool low income housing has beaten out the geothermal conversion of the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan in this year’s GeoStar Top Job competition. The annual competition is held as part of the New York Geothermal Energy Organization’s statewide conference. The Lockport Housing Authority, along with installer Buffalo Geothermal, LLC of Cheektowaga, will be presented with the award at a barbecue/ceremony at the Autumn Gardens Housing Complex at 788 E High St, Lockport, NY this Friday, July 21 at noon.

Geothermal is seen by some as “ the next solar”. It makes use of solar energy deposited in the ground to heat and cool buildings without burning any fossil fuels. Where solar PV can take care of the electricity needs of a building, geothermal takes care of the heating, cooling and hot water needs. The two technologies complement each other, and now that solar PV is successfully penetrating New York’s electricity market, renewable energy enthusiasts are pulling for geothermal to follow suit.

The Autumn Gardens project provides non-polluting heating to 72 apartments while saving money for the Housing Authority. In addition, the geothermal systems bring access to central air conditioning to the tenants for the first time in this project that was built in 1972. The geo system also provides all the domestic hot water for the tenants.

On April 20th of this year at the NY-GEO 2017 conference, the Autumn Gardens project vied with six other finalists from around New York State including the vaunted multimillion dollar St. Patrick’s Cathedral project, a 250 year old farmhouse, and a promising school project that uses an innovative source of thermal energy. Each project gave a 15 minute presentation, highlighting the comfort, energy and dollar savings and greenhouse gas reductions afforded by their installation.

A panel of five judges from the geothermal industry and the clean energy community emerged from their deliberations to declare the Lockport Housing Authority project this year’s winner. Said judge Andra Leimanis of the Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE). “Each project showed tremendous value, efficiency and innovation. It was not an easy decision by any means. The Lockport project provides low-income tenants the advantages of heating and cooling without burning fossil fuels on-site. In the end, that’s what tipped the scales for me”.

Those who doubt the stiffness of the competition are urged to watch the video on the St. Patrick’s project in the heart of downtown Manhattan at http://video.foxnews.com/v/5443494006001/

NY-GEO Treasurer John Manning will be joined by NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)) Program Manager Scott Smith and local elected officials in presenting the award to Kevin A. Bancroft, Executive Director of the Housing Authority, and Todd Schmigel of Buffalo Geothermal.

The event will feature a barbecue for tenants and guests and will offer some great visuals. One of the apartments will be open for inspection, as will the basement geothermal controls. It will be a good opportunity to introduce readers and viewers to a technology that many are currently ready to explore.

In 2014 the Autumn Gardens used 629,000 kWh of electricity, costing the Housing Authority $68,800. In the first quarter of operations, the Geo system provided 75% energy savings for heating per year, which reduced the total energy consumption of the entire Autumn Gardens Site by 40%. The project was funded by HUD Project Improvement Funds and supplemented with a grant from NYSERDA.

For further information contact:

Bill Nowak

Executive Director, NY-GEO

518-3136-GEO, 716-316-7674


The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) is a non-profit trade association representing geothermal heat pump (GHP) installers, manufacturers, distributors, drillers, consultants and industry stakeholders from throughout New York State and beyond.

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