Grants will boost retrofit workforce

Saratoga Springs, NY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) has announced that applications are open for state energy offices to apply for $150 million dollars in funding from the State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants Program.

These funds are available to state energy offices so they can train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors.

This funding can be used on programs that:

  • Reduce the cost of training contractor employees;
  • Provide access to workforce development tools for contractors including, but not limited to, testing and certification; and
  • Partner with community organizations to develop and implement an equitable state program Next Milestones.

Contractors trained and certified with these funds may participate in projects funded by the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Rebate Programs, which provide rebates to eligible residents for retrofits and appliance upgrades that reduce energy use.

States must apply for funds and design programs that meet the specifications of DOE. You can see each state's allocation on pages 36-37 of the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD).

Training and testing for BPI's Energy Auditor, Building Analyst Technician (BA-T), and Building Analyst Professional (BA-P) are allowed under DOE's guidance.

Contractors and BPI Test Centers, please contact your state energy office to encourage them to apply for the funds!