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SUNY Morrisville formally opens new $16 million ACET Center

By Journal Staff (news@cnybj.com)

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PHOTO BY ALLISA COOMEY, SUNY MORRISVILLE DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — SUNY Morrisville recently formally opened its new $16 million Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology (ACET) Center.

The university held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 30,000-square-foot applied-learning technology building on Oct. 21. This semester, students started taking classes at the ACET Center. The building will bolster the renewable energy, agricultural engineering, and diesel-technology programs, all housed there, SUNY Morrisville contends.

The ACET Center’s unique features include indoor solar roofs, wind turbines, a wind hydro lab, bioenergy labs, and a 35-foot climbing tower for hands-on training involving clean energy.

The building, which is 62 percent more efficient than current energy codes, “combines experiential learning with the building’s own energy systems and data to give students first-hand knowledge of how those systems interact to improve building efficiency and offset carbon footprint,” SUNY Morrisville said in a news release.

A commercial solar array (85kW solar PV installation) produces energy to offset electricity in the ACET Center. It is also used in renewable-energy courses for installation and industrial-scale solar projects.  

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