State and Local Policy Database

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce Development

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2019

Aurora has supported the research and development center SolarTAC, which has provided several workforce training opportunities.

Last updated: June 2019

The City of Austin partnered with the University of Texas to partially fund the Austin Clean Tech Incubator.

The city’s Small & Minority Business Resources Department administers the Minority- Owned, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Procurement Programs for the City of Austin.  SMBR also provides developmental opportunities and resources for small (for-profit) businesses so that they can have affirmative access to City procurement opportunities and show productive growth.  This includes any renewable energy or energy efficient contracts.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The city’s Office of Sustainability’s Community Resilience Hub supports the Civic Works nonprofit to develop a local renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Birmingham partnered with local institutions to offer Minority Business Enterprise contracting partners with training opportunities focused on expanding energy efficiency skills to achieve energy savings in municipal buildings and future efficiency projects. 

Last updated: June 2019

With support from Eversource and National Grid, Boston’s Department of Environment runs the Building Operations Certification (BOC) pilot program. The program has offered an opportunity for workers to enroll in 74 hours of training and earn BOC certification tuition-free.

Boston Housing Authority (BHA) signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with Ameresco and the Building and Constructions Trades Council for the completion of $66.7 million in energy efficiency improvements for public housing properties. The PLA created more than 600 jobs, including for public housing residents.

Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council partnered with the Solar Foundation to faciliate solar training for building inspectors from Boston and the surrounding metropolitan area. The city's Resident Jobs Policy includes inclusive workforce procurement policies for development projects, which may include renewable energy. 

Last updated: May 2019

Bridgeport has a goal to have 15% of each formal city contract value go to Minority Business Enterprises and another 15% of contract value go to Women Business Enterprises. 

Last updated: June 2019

Buffalo Public Schools offer career and technical education for students in solar technology, with some schools offering students the opportunity for hands-on training and a chance to earn certification in solar installation.

The City of Buffalo procurement policy requires a demonstrated good faith effort for all service contracts with the City to realize 25% of total dollar value to Minority Owned Business Enterprises and 5% to Woman Owned Business Enterprises.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The community solar RFP includes a section on local workforce development. Respondents must meet Minority and Women Business Enterprise participation requirements. City residents must perform 50% of workhours, with at least 7.5% of those residents being project area residents.

The city’s energy benchmarking policy also includes a workforce development provision, where a professional with a city-approved license and/or training credential must verify the data. The City has worked with several local organizations to ensure their training programs are recognized under this requirement. Some of the local organizations that provide training include the City Colleges of Chicago, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 1 training center, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Last updated: March 2019

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

All municipal contracts include a minority and women business enterprise inclusion requirement corresponding to the scope of work that includes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Cleveland has a Community Benefits Agreement with leading businesses and institutions in Northeast Ohio. Through the Office of Equal Opportunity, the City of Cleveland has an inclusive procurement and contracting process for all projects, including energy efficiency and renewable projects. Evaluation points are awarded to a variety of certifications, including Small Business Enterprises (SBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), and Sustainable Business Enterprises (SUBE).

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Denver partnered with Xcel Energy to implement a workforce development program as part of the Denver Energy Challenge that included contractor certification training, health and safety training, and business sales training from 2011 to 2017.

Last updated: March 2019

Detroit has a 50% local hiring mandate for all publicly financed projects, which includes energy projects.

Last updated: March 2019

The city previously ran the Resilient Ambassadors volunteer program to increase energy and water efficiency. Volunteers received hands-on training and experience retrofitting buildings.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

This city does not have programs committed to developing an energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The city worked with Houston Community College/Northeast Energy Institute to develop a solar curriculum as part of the Solar Houston Initiative.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Kansas City has negotiated with PACE programs to encourage increased contracting of MBEs and WBEs. 

Last updated: July 2019

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee offers training for contractors that work to install energy saving measures on properties as part of its Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover program.

Last updated: March 2019

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

To spur cleantech job creation, the city offers private cleantech companies incentives to be located in the city’s CleanTech Corridor.

Last updated: March 2019

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

As part of the city’s Me2 initiative, the city entered into a community agreement to provide more job training to women and people of color.

Last updated: March 2019

The city has contracted the National Association of State Energy Officials to conduct a study on developing a renewable energy workforce. The city expects to release the results of the study in early 2019. Additionally, Minneapolis issued an RFP for a community solar garden that included local workforce participation requirements. 

Last updated: May 2019

NES runs the Home Energy Uplift Program, which provided home energy improvements to 125 limited-income homeowners. The city received a grant to create a jobs training program to support the program.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

New Orleans worked with the City Energy Project, the Urban League and Urban Green Council to launch a series of GPRO (green building) certification trainings, to help small contractors and building operators understand the principles of energy efficient building operations.

Last updated: March 2019

The City University of New York offers course credit to participants in a high-performance green building program coordinated by local chapter 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), a trade union for construction workers. This program complements the city’s Local Law 87.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Oakland is a member and cofounder of BayREN, a multicity organization dedicated to home energy upgrades. BayREN also offers training and education workshops for building professional to encourage a better understand of the state’s energy code.

One of the goals of the EcoBlock pilot is to drive investment into local green jobs.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Orlando has partnered with outside organizations to develop its local energy workforce. The city participated in a taskforce with Valencia College to develop an Associate’s Degree dedicated to energy management, automation, and controls technology.

The city has also partnered with the United States Green Building Council to host ENERGY STAR 101 and 102 workshops and webinars. These training sessions are free of charge and provided to building management professionals through a classroom-style learning experience.

Last updated: March 2019

As part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority’s Energy Campaign, the Authority launched the Find Your Power solar job training initiative for high school students. 

Last Updated: March 2019

The city’s Green Phoenix program trains residents in sustainability fields such as energy management and renewable energy. The program has many partners, including utilities, local colleges and universities, and renewable energy developers.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

The City of Portland has significant body of public policies directing inclusive procurement and contracting processes. The City has Diverse Business Enterprise goals for all public contracts. The City supports a number of programs to support small and minority business better work with public agencies. In addition, we have procurement policies that incentivize work with firms that are certified as Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises. The Portland City Council has adopted a Model Community Benefits Agreement for its agencies.

As part of the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot project, the city sought to create jobs to complete 500 home energy efficiency audits.

March 2019

The city offered a Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I training in partnership with National Grid and Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC). The course included eight full days of classroom training over several months. The city also offered Green Professional Building Skills (GPRO) training in partnership with the Urban Green Council, the U.S. Green Building Council’s New York City affiliate. This training was offered for free. 

Last Updated: March 2019

The city’s Office of Sustainability ran an external green jobs training program for constructions workers affected by the Great Recession. Participants received training and education in energy auditing, solar thermal and photovoltaics, sustainable landscaping, green plumbing, and more. These programs were turned over to Wake Technical Community College and NC State in 2013.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

City of Riverside has partnered with Grid Alternatives, a local non-profit provider, to design and administer solar programs serving their low-income families, meet their goals for reducing energy use, diversify their energy portfolios, thus lower housing costs in their affordable homeownership programs. The partnership also includes collaboration to develop a strong local workforce in solar.

Last Update: March 2019

The city has provided job trainings through its Rochester Environmental Job Training Program (REJob). The Program helps disadvantaged citizens get jobs in the environmental construction field. Rochester has conducted two REJob rounds and is preparing to launch its third round.

Last Update: March 2019

The City of Sacramento recently released a Request for Proposal for its Curbside EV Charging Pilot project. The city hopes to incentivize local hiring with the pilot. 

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce. 

Last Update: March 2019

The city has partnered with GRID Alternatives to develop the Solar Installer Apprentice Program. 

Last Update: March 2019

The GoSolarSF incentive program has for many years offered a greater incentive payment to companies that hire installers that have received training with support of the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD).

Last Update: March 2019

In 2014 the City’s workforce development arm, Work2Future, was awarded $900,000 as part of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act to train young adults from disadvantaged populations in core construction and place them in pre-apprenticeship programs. After initial success the City was awarded an additional $470,000 in 2017, totaling $1,370,000. Since 2017 the program has trained 276 young adults from the target populations, with an 82 percent job placement rate, including 108 graduates placed in union apprenticeships in carpentry, electrical, and sheet metal. In 2018, 33 have enrolled to date and 25 have graduated. In 2018, training takes place on the campus of San José City College.

Thirty-two percent of the young adults served are female and fifteen percent are veteran; both ratios are significantly higher than those seen in local industry. Additionally, 57 of the graduates were formerly homeless and have transitioned into stable housing through the support of the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing.

Last Update: March 2019

The city has a socially-responsible policy for procuring, purchasing, and contracting for all projects, including energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: March 2019

Washington DC’s Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) administers a workforce development program where the city places DC residents in six-month paid externships with local organizations. DC SEU also provides externs with job certifications and job placement assistance.

Solar Works DC is a program that provides low-income residents with solar installation job training. The program is a joint effort between the Department of Energy & Environment and the Department of Employment Services. The departments partnered with GRID Alternatives – Mid Atlantic to run the program in its first year. The program has goals to train 200 local residents and install 300 solar systems on 300 low-income single family homes to achieve a cost-savings of $600 per year for participating households.

Last update: March 2019

Worcester provided funding for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council's Green Jobs Academy. The academy provided free or low-cost building science training to youth and low-income individuals. 

Last Updated: June 2019