Funding Available for New Hires in Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Sectors

 

Is your business growing or looking to expand? Are you having trouble finding the right worker for open positions? Have you considered new employees with new skills but are uncertain if now is the right time to make the investment? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then NYSERDA’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) program for energy efficiency and clean technology businesses may be able to help you find skilled job candidates and reduce the financial risk of hiring and training new workers.

Funding is available for a wide variety of positions and industries, from installers in the HVAC industry to engineers in the field of smart grids. 

What You'll Get

  • Eligible businesses can get reimbursed up to 75% of a new hire’s wages for their first 16-24 weeks of employment
  • Access to a pool of qualified candidates through the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
  • Assistance from the NYSDOL to develop training plans for new hires

How it Works

  1. The first step to participating in the program is letting us know that your business intends to apply. Based on the information you provide, NYSERDA will determine if you are eligible for the program. You will need to provide a few pieces of information about your business including your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a description of the role(s) you’re hoping to fill with the funding. If your business is eligible, your information will be shared with NYSDOL for a due diligence check.

  2. Once your business has been approved and passes NYSDOL’s due diligence check, you’ll work with a NYSDOL Business Services Representative and submit an application for each new hire.

    • Note: the program only accepts new employees. New hires cannot start working until the business application process is complete and NYSERDA approves the position for participation in the program.
    • Businesses can bring their own new hire candidates to the program, or NYSDOL can assist with identifying qualified candidates.

  3. Upon approval of the application for a new hire, NYSERDA reserves funding for the position.

  4. After the new hire starts working, the business submits reimbursement requests through an online portal to receive funds.

Is My Business Eligible?

Businesses must provide services in the following areas to be eligible for program funding:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Lighting; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Air Source Heat Pumps; Advanced Building Materials; Insulation and Air Sealing; other high efficiency products and services
  2. Renewable Electric Power Generation: Geothermal; Solar; Hydroelectric power
  3. Grid Modernization and Energy Storage: Smart Grid; Micro-grid; Demand Response Management

If your energy efficiency or clean technology business type is not listed above, please contact PONOJT@nyserda.ny.gov to inquire about eligibility.

Maximum Funding Available When Hiring Priority Populations

NYSERDA encourages the hiring of individuals from priority populations through OJT. NYSERDA will reimburse wages for new hires from the following priority populations for 24 weeks (6 months). Traditional workers are reimbursed for 16 weeks (4 months). Eligible priority populations include:

  • Veterans
  • Native Americans
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Low-income Individuals
  • Unemployed Power Plant Workers
  • Previously Incarcerated Individuals
  • 18-24 Year Olds Participating in Work Preparedness Training Programs
  • Residents of Potential Environmental Justice Areas as defined by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Note: Solar electric companies and businesses with over 100 employees can only receive funding for the hiring of workers from priority populations through the program.

Reimbursement Details

The following table summarizes the reimbursement available for various types of businesses/positions, business sizes, and categories of new workers.

Reimbursement Period

Position Type

Number of Employees

Reimbursement Rate

Non-Priority Population Worker

Priority Population Worker

General Clean Energy

2 - 100

50%

16 Weeks

24 Weeks

101 or more

50%

Not Eligible

24 Weeks

Solar

2 employees or more

50%

Not Eligible

24 Weeks

Heat Pumps

2 employees or more

75%

16 Weeks

24 Weeks


Businesses will be required to provide a cost share for all wage subsidies. NYSERDA’s cost share is capped at a maximum of $16 per hour for each hire. For businesses with 100 employees or less, NYSERDA funding is capped at $150,000 per business for traditional workers. There is no maximum cap for any size firm for hiring priority populations. For businesses over 100 employees, incentives are only available to hire priority populations, with no cap on the number of individuals from priority populations that they can hire.

Get Started

Review the Program Summary here for complete information on program processes and eligibility requirements.

To register as an eligible business, submit an Intent to Apply email to PONOJT@nyserda.ny.gov.

The email must include the following:

  • Business Name
  • Business Electric Utility Service Provider
  • Business Address
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Your FEIN is NOT your Social Security Number (SSN). Do NOT submit an SSN to NYSERDA via email*.
  • Existing NYSERDA partnership agreements or contracts (if applicable)
  • Business Contact Person
  • Name
  • Title
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Current number of full-time employees (do not include company owners/principals)
  • Job title, job description/list of job duties, and hourly salary range for each anticipated position

Following receipt of an Intent to Apply, the NYSDOL will complete a due diligence review before NYSERDA approves eligible businesses. Participating businesses are contacted by a dedicated NYSDOL Business Service Representative to begin the hiring and worker application process.

Review the program documents (found here) and contact PONOJT@nyserda.ny.gov with questions.

*If you do not have a FEIN, or if you think your FEIN is an SSN, please submit all other information requested except for the FEIN and call Kelli Herndon at 518-862-1090, ext. 3392 for alternative options.

FAQs

How will I know my Intent to Apply has been received? NYSERDA will send you a confirmation email.

How long will the due diligence review take? The due diligence review may take several days to complete. NYSERDA will notify you once the review is complete.

My business is in one of the eligible categories. Are there any specific jobs not eligible for the program? Yes, NYSERDA will not provide reimbursement for office management, administrative assistants, drivers, or similar positions.

How soon can I invoice? You can invoice any time after wages have been paid. NYSERDA recommends invoicing on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.