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Outreach and Training for Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Educating the community and stakeholders, training a skilled workforce, and providing technical assistance resources are key to ensuring effective geothermal heating and cooling policy development.

Publicly sponsored project level technical assistance, geothermal resource assessments, conferences, or other networking events between qualified engineers, project developers, and potential consumers can help raise awareness of geothermal heating and cooling technologies.

Workforce training programs ensure proper installation standards and provide local residents with opportunities to compete for new jobs. In turn, utilities may be encouraged to incorporate geothermal heating and cooling technologies into energy efficiency programs because the personnel and services required for a successful project are available. Certified GSHP training programs are provided by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association through the Association of Energy Engineers. Separate training programs specific to GSHP engineers, system designers, installers, and drillers are also available.

Learn about other policy options.