The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s PON 2011 is seeking proposals to meet solar thermal workforce training needs under the Green Jobs Green New York Program. Funding is available in the amount of $300,000 to facilitate workforce education for solar thermal training in New York State, particularly through integration into current energy efficiency training and to expand the network of solar thermal training providers.
Under PON 2011, training initiatives should be designed that can be developed and implemented as part of continuing education opportunities, college credit courses, certificate programs, two-year degree programs, webinars, etc.
Activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to: curriculum development, training equipment procurement, code official training, train-the-trainer programs, integration of solar thermal training into energy efficiency curricula, and support for training provider application to Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP) for accreditation through an application guidance activity.
One or more awards may be made under PON 2011. The number of proposers selected for contracting will be determined by the funds available, regional considerations (location and distribution of training sites and courses) tasks proposed, and the quality of the proposals. Co-funding by the proposer of at least 40% is required for each proposal. Proposers may apply for some portion or all of the funding under this PON. Preference will be given to proposals that include more than one type of training initiative. Contract timeframe is expected to be 12-36 months.
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