Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training
The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals for technical training, experiential learning, job placement and supportive services that enable New York State to meet the requirements of a clean energy economy and advance the climate equity and just transition goals of New York’s Climate Act. The purpose of this solicitation is to strengthen the pipeline of skilled talent for the Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology (EE&CT) labor market. Projects funded through this solicitation are intended to develop and/or deliver technical training and relevant education, hands-on experience, and placement into paid internships, apprenticeships, full-time jobs, or advanced formal training to ensure that both new and existing workers, apprentices, journeypersons, and students, as applicable, have the skills, experience, and qualifications required to meet industry demand.
How much funding is available?
Total funding currently available for this solicitation is $4 million, distributed over the course of multiple rounds. Approximately half of the funding will be reserved for training activities that support building electrification. Additional funds may be added at NYSERDA’s discretion, if available.
NYSERDA will accept proposals requesting between $50,000 and $500,000 in funding.
A minimum cost share of 30 percent is required, either in the form of cash or in-kind services. Proposals that focus exclusively on Disadvantaged Communities and/or Priority Populations will receive higher consideration as well a reduced cost share requirement of 10 percent.
What are the basic requirements?
This solicitation will provide funding to projects that fall into any one or both of the following categories:
- Training for Existing Workers and Individuals in Formal Training Programs
- Career Pathways for New Workers/New Entrants in Clean Energy
All training projects, regardless of category, must have a demonstrable connection to employer or industry needs that are documented through letters of support from relevant employers or industry players, labor market data, or other forms of credible direct knowledge of the sector or workforce needs. Additionally, all projects must have a solid and well-documented sustainability plan to ensure continuation of training after NYSERDA funding has completed.
Training projects under Category 2 must meet additional requirements related to technical training, wraparound services, representation of Disadvantaged Communities/Priority Populations, industry partnerships, outcome monitoring, and placement post training.
Projects are anticipated to be completed within approximately three years, including any applicable 12-month period for tracking and monitoring employment outcomes for new workers (Category 2).
Who is eligible to apply?
- Technical high schools
- Community colleges and universities
- Trade associations
- Manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and distributors
- Renewable energy project developers and owners
- Firms and subcontractors that support engineering, procurement, construction operations and maintenance
- Renewable energy development service providers
- Training and job placement intermediaries
- Community-based and non-for-profit organizations
Eligible training providers must have a demonstrated track record in energy-related training, job preparedness and/or placement. Preference will be given to projects that include or are led by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and/or Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs). Applicants may consist of individual entities or a team of Training Providers. Applicants are encouraged to partner with and/or demonstrate support from energy-related industry partners or companies.
What are the eligible technology areas?
- High-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and water heating
- Building electrification/heat pump technologies
- High-efficiency water heating
- Insulation and air sealing
- High-efficiency lighting and controls
- Building automation and controls
- Smart grid and energy storage
- Electric vehicle charging stations
- Large-scale, land-based renewable energy generation that is actively supported through New York’s Clean Energy Standard.
Which training initiatives can be funded?
- Curriculum development or modification
- Delivery of training (online, classroom, on-site, etc.)
- Training labs and equipment purchases for hands-on training
- Hiring and training of trainers
- Test and certification fees
- Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
- Services to place individuals into paid internships, apprenticeships, full-time jobs, or advanced formal training
- Training in a language other than English to meet business needs.
Additionally, NYSERDA may fund relevant marketing and outreach (up to 10% NYSERDA funding) as well as reasonable in-state travel to support eligible training initiatives in the technology areas specified above.
How to Apply
Learn more about the program and how to apply on the Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training funding opportunity page.
NYSERDA is pleased to host a new, online “Partner Connector” site to facilitate connections among training providers and other partners interested in applying to our workforce development and training funding opportunities. These include but are not limited to:
- PON 3981: Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training; and
- PON 4463: Career Pathways Training Partnerships for High-Efficiency HVAC and Heat Pumps.
Our Partner Connector site enables interested parties to share their contact information and details about their organization with others seeking to collaborate on these funding opportunities. Once registered, participants are granted log-in access to the Partner Connector and may use the information on the site to contact potential partners and explore ways to collaborate. Participants may search for partners by filtering for any one or more of the following categories: region served, organization type, and services sought in a partner organization.
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