May 25, 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: June 21-23, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Accredited Installers Workshop
Trainers: TBD
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 need for a "Tax Opinion" on the depreciation schedule for geothermal equipment in the commercial and 3rd party ownership has come to the forefront of the committees efforts, as a result of the lack of action by Congress to replace the tax credits for GHPs. Members of the committee and the IGSHPA Board had a conference call with GEO on this topic. A scoping document for PricewaterhouseCoopers is being prepared and when the working group's notes and suggestions to go forward have been passed on to the Advocacy Committee they will be reviewed for the development of a recommendation to the full Board for action. The group then reviewed its standing committees, State/Regulatory - under the direction of Cary Smith and Ryan Dougherty, 3rd party ownership - headed by Jack DiEnna, and Visioning/Regulatory - which needs a committee lead to be supported by Bob Wyman.

The committee requests all IGSHPA members to pass on any published papers and articles supporting the advocacy committee work to the group through IGSHPA.

Marketing Committee
The IGSHPA Marketing Committee met May 17, welcoming new members Doug Carruthers of Geo-Connections Inc. and Craig Immel of FRE Renewable Solutions. Erin Portman reported on the upcoming third quarter issue of Geo Outlook. Additional story ideas for the publication are always welcome. Attendance at the Annual Conference was discussed. The Marketing Committee will work with the Conference Committee to generate ideas for outreach to trades and associations to increase attendance. The Committee also discussed increasing attendance at training events, with consideration as to how training is “consumed” and “delivered” in different ways with various technologies. Additional discussions with the Training Committee will be forthcoming.

Membership Committee
The membership and recertification drive of the summer is currently underway! Be watching your mailbox, inbox and even your phone for information on how to renew! Also, the membership committee is reviewing member benefits to ensure IGSHPA is meeting the needs of the members.

Research Committee
Research committee members, Jeff Spitler and Xiaobing Liu, attended the 12th IEA heat pump conference at Rotterdam, Netherlands from May 15 through 18. Participants from over 30 countries presented more than 250 papers to give a worldwide review of the market status, up-to-date R&D, and projected future of heat pumps. As presented by many speakers, heat pumps will play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions in the global building sector. While air source heat pumps are getting more market share, ground source heat pump (GSHP) was still a main topic of the conference with three sessions and one workshop dedicated to GSHP. GSHP R&D is active in Europe—a few projects funded by European Union are seeking ways to reduce cost and improve performance of GSHPs by exploring new materials, new designs of ground heat exchangers, and innovative hybrids of GSHP with other energy sources and systems, including solar energy, smart grid, and net Zero Energy Buildings. A conclusion from the GSHP workshop is that the long term performance monitoring of GSHP is essential to improve operational performance of GSHPs and to enable innovative financing for GSHP investments. A new Annex (multi-country collaboration project) on long term performance monitoring of GSHPs was initiated at the conference and it will be led by Sweden.

Standards Committee
The Standards Committee will be voting on a proposed update to Section 2B (grouting) during its second quarter meeting next Thursday. The committee is also working to develop a standard specification that system designers can use as a starting point for geothermal heat pump designs they are involved with.

Training Committee
The Training Committee has a heavy list of projects on their hands, including finalization of the CRD course, re-establishment of the CVCLD course in association with the NGWA, and preparing IGSHPA to be an ANSI Certified Training Provider. They are preparing to have their first meeting following the conference to breakup the work needed to small, focused teams.

John Turley has unfortunately had to step back from being the Co-Chair, thus opening the opportunity for someone else to step in as Co-Chair.

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.

We've got an app for that!

Do you need to find something for all things IGSHPA? We've got an app for that. IGSHPA student workers have been working on an app where you can find IGSHPA information at the touch of a button. Download the app by going to the Apple App Store or Google Play and searching for IGSHPA.

IGSHPA Members Honored By HomeAdvisor

Nine IGSHPA members received the "Best of HomeAdvisor Award" for 2017. The top professionals in the network received this award for quality practices and premier service. Recipients were among the highest rated service professionals in the HomeAdvisor network and had to have at least three customer reviews submitted in the last six months.

IGSHPA members receiving this honor are:
R&S Mechanical; Raleigh, North Carolina
Simply Efficient, LLC; Lakewood, Colorado
Energy Vectors, LLC; Grandby, Connecticut
AIR, Inc.; Branford, Connecticut
Climate Doctor; Payson, Utah
Fort Collins Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.; Fort Collins, Colorado
Eastern Drill Company; Tolland, Connecticut
Geofurnace Heating & Cooling, LLC; Traverse City, Michigan
Connelly & Associates, Inc.; Frederick, Maryland

Geo Outlook Available!

Geothermal News
Michigan Farmer Uses Geo for Greenhouses

The News Review reported, “Using geothermal energy requires harnessing the natural heat generated and stored in the ground. At the Coveyou Scenic Farm Market in Petoskey, MI, a geothermal field provides all of the heat necessary for a greenhouse full of produce.” The greenhouse has been operating on geothermal energy through the last three winters. Scenic Farm Market owner David Coveyou says geothermal’s “claim to fame” is its transfer of four to five times the amount of heat energy as it consumes in electricity. “It would be impractical to grow produce in the winter or all the vegetable transplants that we grow now if it weren’t for this geothermal technology,” Coveyou said. “It would be so cost prohibitive that it wouldn’t make financial sense. That’s what got us here.” Coveyou Scenic Farm Market has been recognized by the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards. According to the article, the farm caught the attention of state officials when Coveyou expanded the geothermal energy field to include the farm’s walk-in coolers and reach-in coolers. Coveyou plans to open his geothermally heated greenhouse to the public this summer, so they can see where and how his produce is grown, and learn more about his geothermal heat pump energy system. Read the complete article here. (News Review) (Courtesy of GEO)

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