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Sustainable Energy Technology - B. Tech

The FUTURE of Energy: Innovative New Technologies

Research and learn alternative and renewable energy technologies focusing on practical energy conversion to meet the constantly evolving demand for sustainable development. Students research solutions that will replace conventional energy systems. Each student’s research has the potential to help solve the global energy problem.

SUNY Canton is one of five IREC accredited training providers for Solar Heating Installation in the country and one of twenty-five IREC accredited training providers for PV Installation Professionals in the country.

IRECIREC accreditation is only for the solar thermal and solar PV programs.
Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-2024 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Students examining wind turbines in Lowville, NY.

Great Career Opportunities

Qualified graduates from this program stand to be in a prime position for high-demand careers around the world.

Alternative Energy Topics

Renewable Energy

  • Wind turbine or wind power
  • Hydro-electric
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Geothermal power
  • Solar power
  • Biofuel and biodiesel applications

Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Green building, LEED
  • Clean Energy

Energy Efficiency

  • Residential, industry

Student drives an electric Go-Kart with solar panel charging station.

Who’s Enrolling?

About 50 percent of current students joined the program because they are interested in conserving the environment and natural resources.

The other half of Sustainable Energy students wanted to apply their technical backgrounds to the emerging global market in renewable energy technologies.

Jessica Fischer holds up a wind turbine blade.

Jessica Fischer '18 traveled to Peru to help WindAid install wind turbines to struggling communities.

A group of workers puts up a wind turbine in Peru.

Green Light for Green Standards

Recent state and federal laws are creating a need for trained professionals to meet “green” standards in buildings. According to industry professionals and noted educational leaders, this will spur a growing demand for qualified technologists to work hand-in-hand with engineers to bring the practical applications of alternative energy to life.

» Program Description

Sustainable Energy Technology
Kibria K. Roman, PE, EMIT

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2017 11 0 11
2016 10 0 10
2015 20 0 20
2014 26 1 27
2013 21 1 22

Graduation Rate Trends*
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2012 3 33%
Fall 2011 6 17%
Fall 2010 5 40%
Fall 2009 16 31%
Fall 2008 3 0%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred
2017-18 1
2016-17 4
2015-16 5
2014-15 9
2013-14 5