New funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) will help states train and certify contractors to install electric systems in homes and make them more energy-efficient. 

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About the Training for Residential Energy Contractors Program

The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants, or Training for Residential Energy Contractors, makes $200 million available to state energy offices so they can train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors. This new program will prepare contractors and their employees to install the latest energy-saving technologies and building upgrades.

Contractors are community-based workers and businesses who interact with residents to explain how electric upgrades and retrofits could reduce their energy use. Contractors are often key partners that residents can depend on to explain their home’s specific energy needs.

In July 2023, DOE announced $150 million in formula funding under the Training for Residential Energy Contractors.

Addressing the Hiring Gap

While the energy efficiency industry is one of the largest energy technology sectors with over 2.2 million workers in 2023, energy efficiency employers report among the highest overall hiring difficulty. Employers in this industry most often attribute this to a small applicant pool or insufficient experience, training, or technical skills. SCEP is working to address this gap by providing Training for Residential Energy Contractors to states.

Helping States Make a Difference

Through this program, SCEP is expanding states’ capacity to implement sustainable, high-impact programs that make a difference in communities by creating local jobs and reducing residents’ utility bills. States will receive grants after submitting an application that describes their contractor training and community benefit plans, and they can choose to partner with nonprofit organizations to implement their program. 

States can put contractors to work who are trained through this program by connecting them with projects funded by DOE’s Home Energy Rebate Programs, which provide rebates to eligible residents for retrofits and appliance upgrades that reduce energy use. Look for more information about the Home Energy Rebate Programs and other SCEP workforce development programs throughout the summer.

Learn More

To learn how to apply or request more information, visit SCEP’s State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants site.