On-the-job Training for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology

 

NYSERDA’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology program will provide wage subsidies to eligible businesses to help reduce the financial risk of hiring and training new workers. This program is intended to advance the goals of the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) by developing a workforce equipped to perform jobs in energy efficiency and clean technology, including providing workers with skills and credentials to design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, inspect, and train on clean energy technology and systems.

Eligible businesses must provide services in the following areas:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Renewable energy heating and cooling; water heating
  • High efficiency lighting and controls
  • Building automation and controls
  • Smart grid
  • Energy storage
  • Solar Electric
  • Additional targeted areas related to energy efficiency and clean technology areas may be included in the future

Funding

Up to $14 million is being made available to advance worker skills through OJT by facilitating worker recruitment, hiring and on-the-job training of clean energy workers including priority populations.

Eligible businesses:

  • With 100 employees or less, NYSERDA will pay 50 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 16 weeks (4 months). If the employer hires an employee from one of the priority populations, NYSERDA will pay 50 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 24 weeks (6 months).
  • With 101 employees or more are eligible for OJT incentives only for an individual in a priority population, at 50 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 24 weeks.
  • Seeking to hire workers related to heat pump installation, regardless of the number of employees, are eligible for OJT incentives at 75 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 16 weeks or 24 weeks if the employee is from a priority population.
  • Seeking to hire workers related to solar electric technology (e.g., solar photovoltaics), regardless of the number of employees, are eligible for OJT incentives for an individual in a priority population only, at 50 percent of a new employee’s hourly wage for 24 weeks.

Businesses will be required to provide 25 to 50 percent 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.

How to Apply

Learn more information about this opportunity and how to apply on the On-the-job Training for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology funding opportunity page.