PON 2841 Workforce Development and Training for Renewable Energy and Advanced Technologies
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals for training to support installation and operation of renewable energy (RE) systems and advanced or emerging energy technologies (AT) in the State. A total of $4 million is available in two rounds of funding for the development and/or delivery of technical training to develop a qualified workforce to design, install, operate, maintain and inspect customer-sited RE systems and AT1. All, or none, of the available funds may be awarded in any round. The primary goal is delivery of classroom or on-line training and directly reducing the cost of training to participants. Training will be designed for and delivered to practitioners, architects, engineers, college students, inspectors and other stakeholders, as appropriate. Initiatives should provide classes that lead to or support practitioner certifications through basic and advanced classes and integration of RE/AT into certificate programs, as well as two-and four-year college degree programs. Proposals must result in RE/AT training programs that address areas such as: customer-sited RE system design, installation and operation/maintenance; RE/AT equipment manufacturing; AT and strategies that can contribute to net zero energy buildings (advanced building sensors and controls, building modeling, advanced lighting, etc.); smart grid and electric vehicle infrastructure; and, data monitoring. The proposed training must be shown to have a market value with a demonstrated industry demand and a direct link to employers and businesses.