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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
    Frequently Asked Questions about Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®.
    Last Modified: 9/1/2016

  • How many interns will be selected?
    The final number of interns will be determined by successful matches between the Host Employers and applicants. Wage subsidies for Host Employers are available on a first-come, first-served basis until NYSERDA has committed all the funding allocated to the program. After total allocation of funds, employers may still access the database of candidates and offer paid or unpaid internships at the employer’s discretion.

    What paperwork is required for a student to participate?
    Interns that attend(ed) a New York State college or university will be required to submit documentation that verifies enrollment and residency. Interns that attend(ed) out‐of‐state institutions must submit a copy of an enrollment letter from their respective college or university, as well as supporting documents proving New York State residency. Employers may require further documentation.

    What is the intern stipend and how will interns be paid?
    Interns will be hired and paid directly by the Host Employer. The pay rate should be established prior to accepting the internship offer.

    My employer wants me to sign a non-compete agreement. What should I do?
    It is NYSERDA policy that no intern participating in the Internship Program be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. Signing a non-compete agreement may compromise your ability to work in this industry after completion of your internship. Any employer that asks you to sign a non-compete agreement should be reported to NYSERDA by emailing

    If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email NYSERDA at
    Last Modified: 5/1/2019

  • How long can an intern remain at my organization?
    An intern will be subsidized for up to 12 weeks of work in one calendar year. They may stay on after the conclusion of a session, but their work will not be subsidized by NYSERDA. There are also restrictions on hiring the same intern in subsequent sessions under this program.

    What is the process for reviewing student candidates?
    The review of candidates for internships is done exclusively by the host employer, and they may interview and hire candidates with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Host Employers approved to participate in the program can gain access to a portal of approved interns. All interns must have applied and been approved through the NYSERDA portal. If you find an intern that you are interested in hiring, please have them apply. NYSERDA will provide final approval to extend an offer to the intern, contingent upon verification of the applicant’s eligibility and the availability of funds.

    The cleantech industry is very competitive. I’d like to have my intern sign a non-compete agreement. Is there a policy for non-compete agreements?
    The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for students entering the clean energy workforce and improve their prospects for future employment in the industry. A non-compete agreement goes against the spirit of the program, and therefore, at no point shall an intern sign a non-compete agreement. If a Host Employer attempts to execute a non-compete agreement with a subsidized intern, that employer will not be eligible to receive reimbursement through the Internship Program. It is instead suggested that an intern be asked to sign a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement, if necessary, to protect any sensitive information.

    My intern left before completing the internship. Can I still hire someone?
    Yes. If a hired intern terminates employment during the internship, NYSERDA may at its discretion allow a Host Employer to hire an additional intern and use the remaining funding allocated to the previous intern. Please be aware that any new student selected must first be approved as eligible by NYSERDA, and the Host Employer would then need to submit a signed offer letter for that individual before NYSERDA could issue final approval.
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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Home Performance® with ENERGY STAR®
    Frequently Asked Questions about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®.
    Last Modified: 11/7/2019
  • ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Frequently Asked Questions
    New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes can be free-standing homes, town homes, and even apartments within low-rise residential buildings which have been designed and constructed to a standard higher than the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code requires.
    Last Modified: 4/1/2019
  • Home Energy Rater Frequently Asked Questions
    Frequently Asked Questions on how to become a Home Energy Rater.
    Last Modified: 3/1/2016
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    NY Prize offers support for feasibility studies, audit-grade engineering design and business planning, and project build-out and post-operational monitoring.
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    Frequently Asked Questions about Making a Loan.
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