New York State Clean Energy Internship Program (PON 4000)

Due Date:  Continuous


Up to $9 million is being made available over approximately 6 to 7 years to enhance the talent pipeline through meaningful clean energy internships to students or as described above. Funding is allocated on a first-come first-served basis to businesses that register, perform eligibility checks, and get all completed materials in to NYSERDA. Funding will be allocated until it is exhausted or until the submission deadline.
Reimbursement will be on a sliding scale depending on the size of the business:
  • Percent of intern wage funded by NYSERDA for businesses with fewer than 100 employees: 90%
  • Percent covered for businesses with 100 or more employees: 75%
Internships will last a minimum of 8 weeks and must be for a minimum of 80 total hours. Interns can work a maximum of 18 hours per week for any time the students are attending school full time. Eligible interns not taking classes can work up to 40 hours per week. Total hours eligible for reimbursement are capped at 960 hours or the total of intern hours completed within a 12-month period, whichever is fewer. 
Intern wages that will be reimbursed can range from the NYS minimum wage at the time of hire to up to $17.00 per hour. Eligible businesses can hire as many interns as they can use in a meaningful internship experience, but each internship will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
This program is supported with System Benefits Charge (SBC)/Clean Energy Fund (CEF) funding. SBC/CEF service territory consists of areas with electric service provided by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp., Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc., NYS Electric and Gas Corporation, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Rochester Gas and Electric.  All companies that participate under this PON must have offices in the SBC/CEF service territory or, if a training provider, must have training locations in SBC/CEF service territory.  Any new hire supported under this PON must work in SBC/CEF territory.

NYSERDA is making the following Program changes due to the COVID-19 State Of Emergency. These changes are effective March 7, 2020 until December 31, 2020 or until NYSERDA otherwise rescinds:  The NYS Department of Labor will not be conducting due diligence checks on all Businesses that apply to this PON.  NYS Department of Labor will only be conducting due diligence checks on an as-needed basis if specifically requested by NYSERDA.



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