Canton alternative energy students working on solar panels at Birdsfoot Farm
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:31 pm

From left, SUNY Canton training coordinator Paul E. Todd inspects a solar panel unit with alternative and renewable energy systems students Nicholas J. Abbott and Kevin A. Segit.

CANTON -- SUNY Canton students are helping Birdsfoot Farm in Canton "remain an environmentally-friendly community," according to a news release from the school.

Kibria K. Roman, an instructor in the alternative and renewable energy systems program, said that his students this semester will volunteer their time to troubleshoot and make repairs to the farm’s solar units.

Birdsfoot, which was founded in 1972, is a proponent of sustainable living and grows organic vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Roman said the students are building a system to test the main residence’s heat exchanger. They will work with a local solar energy installation company, Proven Energy Systems, to make the necessary repairs, as well as learn how to fix a solar charging station.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning to solve a real-world problem, while also work alongside experts in the industry,” Roman said in the release.

The partnership with Proven Energy Systems was established by one of the program’s students, Michael J. Tuper, who is working part time for the company while taking classes full time.