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Clinton Receives Wind Energy Training Equipment From GE and Support from NYSERDA

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (September 27, 2012) Clinton Community College announced today that it has received $400,000 in state-of-the-art training equipment for its Wind Energy Program from General Electric (GE) and additional support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that brings NYSERDA funding to a total of more than $600,000 over the past few years.

The equipment and funding announced today are part of ongoing partnerships between Clinton Community College, GE and NYSERDA. GE’s most recent donation includes a 1.5 megawatt generator and gearbox valued at approx $400,000. NYSERDA’s most recent funding totals more than $280,000 in federal stimulus funds for equipment purchased during 2012.

Clinton Community College President John E. Jablonski said, “We are thrilled that our Wind Energy Program continues to draw attention from leaders in the industry. The GE donation and NYSERDA funding ensure that our students will be well prepared to join the workforce in this growing industry.”

"GE is committed to developing the next generation of wind services technicians. We are excited and honored to contribute to Clinton Community College’s Wind Energy Program,” says Andy Holt, General Manager of Wind Services in GE’s Renewable Energy Business. “Upstate New York is a strong market for wind energy and we are proud to support the development of a local workforce.”

NYSERDA provided more than $257,000 in 2008 to help establish the Wind Energy Program, which put Clinton Community College on the map as a national leader in large wind systems training. In 2011, NYSERDA provided an additional $80,000 to support the program.

“NYSERDA is proud to support Clinton Community College’s training program for large wind systems, which have become an ever-increasing clean energy resource in the North Country,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State continues to diversify and increase the use of renewable energy thereby stimulating job growth in the clean energy industry and lessening the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.”

Center for Community and Workforce Development Director Paul DeDominicas said, “This funding has allowed Clinton to be at the forefront of wind energy training. Through the help of both NYSERDA and GE, our students will receive a top notch education in wind energy and be able to have real world experience in the classroom.”

President Jablonski said, “For the past several years, Clinton Community College has been leading the way in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology training in New York. With the addition of this new classroom equipment we take another giant leap forward.”