The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals for technical training, hands-on experience and job placement 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 Leadership and Community Protection Act (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, hands-on experience, and placement into paid internships, apprenticeships, full-time jobs, and advanced formal training ensuring that both new and existing workers have the skills, experience, and qualifications required to meet industry demand.Total funding for this solicitation is $3.9 million, distributed over the course of multiple rounds. It is anticipated that approximately $2.2 million will be reserved for training activities that support building electrification. Additional funds may be added at NYSERDA’s discretion, if available. The following EE&CT areas are eligible for funding: 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; as well as large-scale, land-based renewable energy generation that is actively supported through NY’s Clean Energy Standard.Individuals and entities that may apply for funding include technical high schools; community colleges; universities; trade associations; manufacturers; equipment suppliers; renewable energy project developers and owners; firms and subcontractors that support engineering; procurement, construction operations and maintenance; renewable energy development service providers; distributors; unions; training and job placement intermediaries; community-based organizations; and non-for-profit organizations with a demonstrated track record in energy-related training, job preparedness and/or placement. Preference will be given to projects that are predominantly 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.Funds may be used for initiatives that focus on training for targeted EE&CT areas. These include but are not limited to: Curriculum development or modification; delivering 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; and 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.All training must be designed to meet the needs of New York State residents and EE&CT companies within, or providing services to, the System Benefit Charge/Clean Energy Fund (SBC/CEF) territories. This solicitation will provide funding to projects that fall into any one or both of the following categories:
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 two years, with an additional 12-month period for tracking and monitoring employment outcomes for new workers (Category 2).NYSERDA will accept proposals requesting between $50,000 and $500,000 in NYSERDA 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.
- Training for Existing Workers and Students in Formal Training Programs
- Career Pathways for New Workers/New Entrants in Clean Energy