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Senator May, Mayor Olson and Industry Officials to be part of May 23rd 'Top Job' Award Presentation to Local Business

On the 23rd, Sunderlin will open his house to the press, elected officials and the community for the award ceremony.

Fayetteville, NY – On Thursday, May 23rd 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 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.  

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  

About Halco

Halco is a highly accredited, national award-winning contractor that has been providing high quality solutions to residential and commercial clients since 1984. They have divisions that offer high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical solutions, home energy assessments, insulation and air-sealing, clean renewable energy systems and so much more. They are dedicated to quality work, sustainability, innovation, and to providing extraordinary service to their customers.

About NY-GEO

New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry in New York State, dedicated to promoting geothermal heating and cooling. Our 90 members include geothermal system designers, installers, drillers, general contractors, engineers, manufacturers, distributors, renewable energy consultants and industry stakeholders who are interested in promoting the use of ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool buildings throughout New York State.

About HeatSmart CNY

HeatSmart CNY is a community campaign facilitated by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and the Alliance for a Green Economy to help people more efficiently heat and cool their homes through air sealing, insulation, and heat pump installation. Together, we are building our local economy, reducing our environmental impact, and making homes healthier and more comfortable. For more information visit

About GeoStar

There's an abundance of energy stored just below the surface of the earth that many homeowners today are taking advantage of – geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water. GeoStar offers a wide variety of residential geothermal products – all of which are factory-tested to ensure that you, the consumer, are getting the highest quality and efficiency possible.

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