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Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training

Program Name: Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA
Program Type:          Rebate/Incentives; Workforce Training
Technology:               Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables; Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response; Energy Storage; Transportation; Etc.
Fuel:                        N/A
Eligibility:  Technical high schools, community colleges, universities, trade associations, manufacturers, renewable energy developers, unions, and non-profit organizations with a record in energy-related training
Cost: Minimum 30% cost share


The Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training (PON 3981) Program, initiated by NYSERDA, seeks proposals for technical training, experiential learning, job placement, and supportive services to advance the clean energy economy and meet climate equity goals. The program aims to strengthen the talent pipeline for the Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology labor market in New York State by funding projects intended to develop and/or deliver technical training, relevant education, and hands-on experience for new and existing workers, apprentices, journey persons, and students.


Eligible applicants include technical high schools, community colleges, universities, trade associations, manufacturers, renewable energy developers, unions, and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in energy-related training, job preparedness, and/or placement. Preference is 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).

Eligible technologies include HVAC and water heating; building electrification and 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 station installation and maintenance; and large-scale, land-based renewable energy generation actively supported through the Clean Energy Standard.

Fundable Training initiatives include 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 languages other than English; relevant marketing and outreach (up to 10% NYSERDA funding); and reasonable in-state travel to support eligible training initiatives in the eligible technology areas.

How the Program Works

A total of $10 million in funding, with up to $1 million per project, is available.
Projects fall into one of two categories:

  1. Training for Existing Workers and Individuals in Formal Training Programs
  2. Career Pathways for New Workers/New Entrants in Clean Energy

All Training Projects must:

  • Demonstrate a connection to employer or industry needs through letters of support from relevant stakeholders, labor market data, and other forms of direct knowledge of sector/workforce needs.
  • Include a well-documented sustainability plan to ensure continuation of training post-NYSERDA funding.

Category 2 Projects must meet additional requirements related to technical training, wraparound services, representation of DACs/Priority Populations, industry partnerships, outcome monitoring, and placement post training.

Projects are anticipated to be completed within approximately 2-years, excluding the applicable 12-month period for tracking and monitoring employment outcomes for Category 2 workers.

A minimum 30% cost share is required, with a reduced 10% for projects focusing on DACs, Priority Populations, qualifying union-led, and pre-apprenticeship projects.

How to Apply

The application process is a two-step approach:

  1. Concept Papers may be submitted on a rolling basis until November 18, 2025.
  2. Full Proposals (invitation only) follow, with multiple rounds of due dates ranging from January 17, 2024, to November 18, 2025.

All pertinent details, including deadlines and guidelines, are available on the Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training funding opportunity page.

Contact Information

For questions or additional information, interested parties can contact
PON 3981 Office Hours are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.