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. Andres Diz (Senior Finance Manager at AES Clean 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 Gateway Center opened in 2013 and serves as a demonstration of ESF’s educational mission and sustainability goals. It has a combined heat-and-power (CHP) system that is twice as efficient as traditional technology. The Gateway Center was designed to use 64 percent less energy than a typical building of comparable size.

The one hour tour of the facility will include seeing how the building uses local biomass and how two systems in one traditional systems produce either heat or electricity, providing 65 percent of the campus’ heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical needs.

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