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Issue Date: 10/16/2018 Contract Number: PON 3982

On-the-Job Training (OJT) for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology


Description:

If changes are made to this solicitation notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s website at:
www.nyserda.ny.gov/funding-opportunities

The following changes have been made to PON 3982 as of April 2020:

-Available funding increased to $14 million
-All incentives, maximum funding amounts (i.e., caps), and COVID-19 specific provisions are subject to change on 12/31/20.
-Eligible businesses 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. Business will be required to provide a 25 percent cost share.
-Eligible 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.
-Eligible 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.
-NYSERDA retains the right to limit participation in this program, including but not limited to limiting the number of hires at any time, for any reason.
-Furloughed or laid-off employees not participating in the OJT program prior to the Covid-19 workforce reduction are not eligible to be rehired under the OJT program.
-The on-the-job training must be for a new full-time job (defined as 35 hours or more per week). Unless otherwise approved by the NYSERDA Project Manager. Businesses investigating Shared Work options with the NYSDOL may be eligible to receive OJT reimbursement for part-time positions. The specifics of Shared Work can be found at: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm
-On a case-by-case basis special considerations may be reviewed and approved by the NYSERDA Project Manager for Contractors impacted by COVID-19. Special considerations may include but are not limited to:
• Full-time OJT hires that transitioned to part-time status may be eligible to continue receiving OJT reimbursement.
• Contractors may be eligible to rehire OJT hires laid off to complete their OJT contract.
• Contractors may be eligible to invoice for reimbursement at any time once a person is hired.
• Contractors may be eligible to hire independent contractors as direct employees under OJT and receive reimbursement.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking applications to advance the goals of the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) by developing a workforce equipped to perform jobs in energy efficiency and clean technology. NYSERDA will provide incentives to eligible energy efficiency and clean technology businesses throughout the supply chain to hire and provide on-the-job training for new workers.

For the purposes of this solicitation:
- “Workers” include those individuals who design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, audit, inspect, and train people on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and systems.
- “Priority populations” of potential hires (or Priority Workers) include the following groups:
o Veterans
o Native Americans
o Individuals with disabilities
o Low-income individuals at or below 60% of State median income, including those participating in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program.
o Unemployed power plant workers
o 18- to 24-year-olds participating in work preparedness training programs, that include energy related technical training, such as BOCES, technical high schools, Conservation Corps, Youthbuild, AmeriCorps, etc

“Eligible Applicants” are energy efficiency and clean technology businesses and business or labor management organizations working on behalf of energy efficiency or clean technology businesses located in New York State. These applicants must provide services in the following areas: high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); renewable heating and cooling; high efficiency water heating; insulation and air sealing; high efficiency lighting and controls; building automation and controls; smart grid; energy storage; solar electric (e.g., solar photovoltaics); and related areas. Additional targeted areas related to energy efficiency and clean technology areas may be included in the future. Energy efficiency and clean technology training providers also may apply for OJT support to expand their clean energy training staff.

 

 

Description of goods to services to be bid:

January 10th, 2020:  The following changes have been made to PON 3982:

Revised December 2019:

Summary:

• Available funding reduced from $10 million to $9 million.

• Application deadline extended to October 31, 2023 by 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

• Solar electric technology (e.g., solar photovoltaics) added to the list of services eligible under the OJT incentive.

• Eligible Applicants 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.

• The following language added to the Funding section: Program requirements, terms and conditions may change at any time and notification will be sent to all companies under contract with NYSERDA to inform them of any changes that will apply to their agreement.

• Job description/list of job duties added to the Intent to Apply application.

• The following language added to the Requirements and Assurances section: Applicants that are on probation in other NYSERDA programs are not eligible to participate in the program while on probation.

The following language added to the Reporting section:

• The Contractor must complete and submit mid-point and final evaluations of each OJT hire to NYSERDA and NYSDOL. Failure to submit completed evaluations in a timely manner may result in disallowance of OJT funds.

• The Contractor must notify NYSERDA, in writing, if any approved OJT candidate is terminated or quits, within two weeks of the change in employment status.

• If a Contractor does not invoice NYSERDA within ten weeks after a candidate starts, the agreement can be terminated.

• Based on past experience with OJT programs, NYSERDA anticipates job retention rates for new hires to be 70 to 80 percent. Contractors that are unable to retain a minimum of 70 percent of their new hires may be terminated from the program or subject to additional requirements related to reporting, monitoring, and minimum employment periods before wages will be reimbursed.

• Contractors that are placed on probation in other NYSERDA programs may not be eligible to participate in the program while on probation.

• The Contractor must invoice NYSERDA within ten weeks after the OJT hire date. The OJT hire must complete four weeks of work before the Contractor can invoice. The Contractor will be given 30 days after the contracted OJT end date to invoice for the remaining awarded amount. After the 30 days, NYSERDA reserves the right to terminate or close the agreement and release any remaining funds back into the program budget.

Attachment A: Business Application

• The following language added: Contractors must comply with the PON in effect at the time of NYSERDA’s acceptance of the Business Application and must conform to the corresponding NYSERDA-approved Business Application. The PON identifies the current applicant eligibility, funding and incentives, application and evaluation process, requirements and assurances, and reporting requirements. The PON may be changed by NYSERDA at any time, and changes will be applicable to all Contractors participating in the program. Notice of all such changes will be provided to the participating Contractors via email address identified in the Business Application. Notice of all such changes will also be posted on NYSERDA’s website.

• Solar Electric added to list under Primary Technology Area of New Hire section.

• New section added – New Hire Contact Information.

NYSERDA is seeking proposals 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 training workers with skills and credentials to design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, audit, and inspect clean energy technology and systems.

For the purposes of this solicitation:

- “Workers” include those individuals who design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, audit, inspect, and train people on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and systems.

- “Priority populations” of potential hires (or Priority Workers) include the following groups:

o Veterans
o Native Americans
o Individuals with disabilities
o Low-income individuals at or below 60% of State median income, including those participating in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program.
o Unemployed power plant workers
o 18- to 24-year-olds participating in work preparedness training programs, that include energy related technical training, such as BOCES, technical high schools, Conservation Corps, Youthbuild, AmeriCorps, etc

“Eligible Applicants” are energy efficiency and clean technology businesses and business or labor management organizations working on behalf of energy efficiency or clean technology businesses located in New York State. These applicants must provide services in the following areas: high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); renewable heating and cooling; high efficiency water heating; insulation and air sealing; high efficiency lighting and controls; building automation and controls; smart grid; energy storage; solar electric (e.g., solar photovoltaics); and related areas. Additional targeted areas related to energy efficiency and clean technology areas may be included in the future. Energy efficiency and clean technology training providers also may apply for OJT support to expand their clean energy training staff.

NYSERDA is requesting proposals from eligible applicants seeking incentives to hire and provide on-the-job training (OJT) for workers for energy efficiency and clean technology jobs. Additional incentives are available for priority populations, as identified above.

 

The following changes have been made to PON 3982:

1. Summary: Clarification of language referring to eligibility of hires. Only completely new employees are eligible for this incentive, not contract employees, nor existing employees.

2. Attachment A: Business Application – Under Business Information section, number of employees has been added.

NYSERDA is seeking proposals 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 training workers with skills and credentials to design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, audit, and inspect clean energy technology and systems.

For the purposes of this solicitation:

- “Workers” include those individuals who design, manufacture, specify, sell/distribute, install, operate, maintain, repair, audit, inspect, and train people on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and systems.

- “Priority populations” of potential hires (or Priority Workers) include the following groups:

o Veterans
o Native Americans
o Individuals with disabilities
o Low-income individuals at or below 60% of State median income, including those participating in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program.
o Unemployed power plant workers
o 18- to 24-year-olds participating in work preparedness training programs, that include energy related technical training, such as BOCES, technical high schools, Conservation Corps, Youthbuild, AmeriCorps, etc

“Eligible Applicants” are energy efficiency and clean technology businesses and business or labor management organizations working on behalf of energy efficiency or clean technology businesses located in New York State. These applicants must provide services in the following areas: high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); renewable heating and cooling; high efficiency water heating; insulation and air sealing; high efficiency lighting and controls; building automation and controls; smart grid; energy storage; and related areas. Additional targeted areas related to energy efficiency and clean technology areas may be included in the future. Energy efficiency and clean technology training providers also may apply for OJT support to expand their clean energy training staff.

NYSERDA is requesting proposals from eligible applicants seeking incentives to hire and provide on-the-job training (OJT) for workers for energy efficiency and clean technology jobs. Additional incentives are available for priority populations, as identified above.

If changes are made to this solicitation notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s website at:  www.nyserda.ny.gov/funding-opportunities 


Eligibility/Qualifications Requirements/Preferences:

To be eligible to apply for this program, Eligible Applicants must be: in the energy efficiency or clean technology industry in NYS; and a private for-profit business (including LLPs and LLCs), a private not-for-profit business, or a private for-profit or private not-for-profit training provider (including private colleges and universities).

Eligible Applicants must meet these additional basic requirements:

1. The Eligible Applicant must have at least one physical business location in New York State at the time of application.

2. The Eligible Applicant must conduct OJT at a NYS job location and must be able to demonstrate that the OJT is related to CEF goals.

3. The Eligible Applicant must not have failed to meet or complete deliverables under prior NYSERDA contracts or NYSDOL grants.

4. The Eligible Applicant must provide all information requested in the Application Process outlined in this PON and have clearly set objectives for the use of funds.

5. The Eligible Applicant who enters into an OJT agreement must attest to compliance with all applicable labor laws, and that it has not failed to file any applicable local, state or federal tax returns, nor failed to pay New York State Unemployment Insurance. The NYSDOL will conduct a due diligence search to confirm this information.

6. The Eligible Applicant must have at least two or more employees or the equivalent of two full-time employees. Principals of corporations and owners of businesses such as sole proprietors or partners are not considered to be employees for this eligibility requirement. If the applicant has no employees or if the workers are independent contractors, subcontractors or contract employees, they are not eligible. However, if an applicant leases its employees for payroll and tax reporting purposes, and has authority over the hiring, firing and scheduling of workers, they would be eligible for funding consideration.

7. The candidate being hired under the incentive program must reside in NYS.

 

Due Date: 10/31/2023 3:00 PM

Contract Term: Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis dependent on funding availability until October 30, 2020

Location: New York State

Ad Type: General


Technical contact:     NYSERDA
Workforce Development & Training
Albany
Vicki Colello
Senior Project Manager
15 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
United States
Ph: 518-862-1090 ext.Ext. 3273
Fax: 518-862-1091
Vicki.Colello@nyserda.ny.gov

Primary Contact:     NYSERDA
Workforce Development & Training
Albany
Vicki Colello
Senior Project Manager
15 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
United States
Ph: 518-862-1090 ext.Ext. 3273
Fax: 518-862-1091
Vicki.Colello@nyserda.ny.gov

Secondary contact:     NYSERDA
Contract Management
NYSERDA
Nancy Marucci
Assistant Contract Manager
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
United States
Ph: 518-862-1090 ext.3335
Fax: 518-862-1091
nancy.marucci@nyserda.ny.gov
Secondary contact:     NYSERDA
Contract Management
Albany
Jillina Baxter
Office Manager
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
United States
Ph: 518-862-1090 ext.3418
Fax: 518-862-1091
jillina.baxter@nyserda.ny.gov