freelance reporter Kayla Laterman examines geothermal heat pumps
as an alternative for meeting heating and cooling needs. She wrote:
"We're now at the point where we need to invest more money into staff training to keep up with demand," Ms. Hannun [chief executive of Dandelion Energy] said.
Zachary Fink, owner of ZBF Geothermal in Commack, N.Y., echoed Ms. Hannun's desire for additional skilled trade labor, noting that he's on track to install 85 geothermal systems in homes on Long Island and Queens, twice the number compared to last year. About a decade ago, Mr. Fink said he mostly got calls from eco-conscious clients. Now he's getting inquiries from people looking for long-term savings and a "small but growing" number of people who do not have another option because of the temporary gas moratorium. He has also gotten calls from homeowners whose boilers were badly corroded by saltwater during Superstorm Sandy.