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NY Senator May, Mayor Olson to be part of May 23rd ‘Top Job’ Presentation

On Thursday, May 23rd , 2019 at Noon, Halco, a Central NY area HVAC contractor, will be presented with the prestigious GeoStar Top Job award.  Halco, along with building owner William Sunderlin, won this award in April at the Annual NY-GEO conference for converting the historic Noble House to a geothermal system, eliminating the need to burn fossils for heating.  State Senator Rachel May and Fayetteville’s Mark Olson will be part of the ceremony presenting the award.  The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the geothermal system.

On the 23rd, Sunderlin will open his house to the press, elected officials and the community for the award ceremony.   Halco will provide refreshments and snacks.  Those interested in attending this free event are asked to register in advance at

Halco, with offices in Liverpool, Phelps, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY, was among five companies who were chosen to present their noteworthy geothermal (ground source heat pump) projects as finalists in the 2019 GeoStar Top Job Competition.

Halco’s winning job, ‘The Noble House,’ converted a historic home right in the heart of Fayetteville, NY from natural gas to geothermal heating and cooling, eliminating fossil fuel use in the home.  The home was built in the early 1800’s and was home to the prominent abolitionist and publisher of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Linnaeus P. Noble.

“The objective of the GeoStar Top Job Competition is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, care, creativity and imagination that geothermal system designers and installers, bring to their projects” explained Bill Nowak, Executive Director of NY-GEO.  “The Noble House is an excellent example of the ability to install geothermal systems even on small lots and in historic homes.  The Top Job competition was open to installers throughout the US Northeast and Halco won in the face of some very strong projects.”

A detailed description of the Noble House project can be found here on the NY-GEO website:  It includes pictures and a short interview with Mr. Sunderlin.  The project is also covered in the May/June issue of G.E.T. at

In addition to the May 23rd Award Ceremony, the Noble House will also open its doors for a tour of its energy efficient renovation in June as part of ArtRage Gallery’s annual “Pedal Power” bike tour fundraiser on June 15.  Bicyclists will begin at ArtRage in Syracuse and bike along the path of the old Erie Canal, touring the Noble House before returning to ArtRage for a luncheon. To register visit

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