Tours at 2pm – Registration for Symposium Required

Add a TOUR to your Symposium registration for an added experience. Tours leave by “clean” bus at 2pm to take you to the tour and return you to your car (approx. 3 hrs. including transportation). Tours are open only to attendees of the Symposium.


This tour is a visit and walk through of a large solar farm. You will learn about how and why they are built, key features such as what they look and sound like, and materials that are needed to construct a full site. The solar farm, built by AES Distributed Energy for Anheuser-Busch in 2018, is a 2.7MW solar farm consisting of 8,322 solar panels installed on 11.8 acres in Baldwinsville. Chris Carrick (Energy Program Manager at Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board) and Andres Diz (Senior Finance Manager at AES Distributed Energy) will explain what land is best suited for solar construction, the process of developing projects including, steps, methods of construction, working with the utility and what the local zoning issues might be. The tour is organized for anyone who is interested in seeing a large solar farm and its construction close-up. It is especially important for local elected officials and local government staff, and will provide an opportunity to hear and ask questions of the experts on the solar development process.

Boots or closed toe shoe must be worn.

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The Fenner Wind Farm tour will be given by Russ Cary, former Supervisor for the Town of Fenner. Russ worked with the wind farm developer beginning in 1998 and was town supervisor for 14 years. He will give some background and history of the development and operation of the wind farm, while traveling by bus on route to the Fenner Wind Farm and FREE Center (Fenner Renewable Energy Education Center) which is located within the wind farm. This tour will also visit Madison County’s gas to electricity facility, and the ARE Park (Agricultural Renewable Energy park) located at the county’s landfill if time allows. Russ will be open for questions throughout the tour including while traveling on bus. This tour will take 3 1/2hrs with round trip transportation to facility and back to Symposium site.

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Distributed energy sources show great potential to meet the power demand of the future as well as lower overall energy costs. Integration of renewable energy sources into the electric grid can be difficult because of source intermittency and inconsistency. The Smart Grid laboratory consists of a microgrid with wind and solar energy conversion and control, energy storage and control, transmission and distribution network with feeds and smart meters, static and dynamic load, and a power factor correction device. In addition, synchrophasor measurement technology is implemented in the Smart Grid lab. Dr. Tomislav Bujanovic will host the group and show this excellent teaching facility. Space is limited.

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The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville, New York, has received several awards to recognize successes in reducing its environmental impacts by operating more efficiently and pursuing the use of alternative fuel sources. It received the OCCRA Blue Ribbon Recycling Award for 100% recycling and waste minimization programs, has extensive heat recovery systems and full waste water treatment with biogas collection and indirect potable water reuse. Tour will include brewing, utilities and operations along with sampling of the finest Central New York made beers (for those over 21 years of age). This tour will take up to 3 1/2hrs with round trip transportation to facility and back to Symposium site.

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