SUNY Canton Offers Free Solar Training in June


The Center for Workforce, Community & Industry Partnerships (WCIP) at SUNY Canton will host a free informational photovoltaic solar installation course this summer.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems and how to handle and install components safely. The instruction is a partnership between WCIP and the Adirondack North Country Association, with funding support from NYSERDA.

Two students install a solar panel on a mock roof.

The free training will be held throughout four weekday evenings, followed by an eight-hour weekend lesson. Dates and times are:

Training Section One

  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 3
  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4
  • 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Training Section Two

  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 10
  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11
  • 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15

The course is free and open to the public, and no electrical experience is necessary, according to SUNY Canton Lecturer Nathan M. Havens, who teaches in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program.

“We will cover fundamental topics including series and parallel circuits, multimeter usage, battery care, conducting site visits, and system layout planning," Havens said. “Much like our college courses, the training is all practical and hands-on, where participants learn by working directly with solar equipment and tools.”

Space is limited, and registration is required. Those interested can visit the Solar Training Registration webpage to sign up. For more information, contact WCIP Executive Director Elizabeth A. Brown by phone at 315-386-7504 or email

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.