2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 15, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Cowles,
L. Taylor and Wirch, cosponsored
by Representatives Kuglitsch, Neylon, Kitchens, Krug, Kulp, Milroy,
Mursau, Petryk and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Economic
Development, Commerce and Trade.
1An Act to amend
20.445 (1) (b), 106.27 (2g) (a) 2. and 106.27 (3); and to create
106.27 (1y) of the statutes;
relating to: reimbursement grants to employers for
3payment of costs for certification programs in solar energy and wind energy
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Workforce Development to allocate
$1,000,000 biennially for grants to train and certify individuals in solar energy and
wind energy systems.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Workforce training; programs, grants, and services.
The amounts 7
in the schedule for the workforce training programs, grants, and services under s. 8
106.27 (1), (1g), (1j), and
(1r), and (1y)
106.27 (1y) of the statutes is created to read:
106.27 (1y) Solar and wind energy systems employers; certification
(a) In this subsection, “applicant” means a single employer or 4
a consortium of employers.
(b) Of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall 6
allocate $1,000,000 in each fiscal biennium for grants to partially reimburse 7
applicants for costs that they incur for individuals to participate in certification 8
programs in the installation, repair, or maintenance of solar energy systems or wind 9
energy systems. The department shall give preference to consortiums of employers 10
when awarding grants. The maximum cumulative amount an applicant may be 11
awarded in all years under this subsection is $250,000. An applicant shall provide 12
matching funds equal to the amount of the grant awarded.
(c) The department shall ensure that a certification program for which an 14
applicant receives a grant under this section does all of the following:
1. Enrolls at least 25 individuals.
2. Provides an individual who successfully completes the program with a 17
certificate or other credential in the installation, repair, or maintenance of solar 18
energy systems or wind energy systems.
106.27 (2g) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 2. Receive and review applications for grants under subs. (1), 21
(1j) (am), and (1y),
and prescribe the form, nature, and extent of the 22
information that must be contained in an application for a grant under sub. (1), (1g), 23or
(1j) (am), or (1y)
106.27 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
106.27 (3) Annual report.
Annually, by December 31, the department shall 2
submit a report to the governor and the cochairpersons of the joint committee on 3
finance providing an account of the department's activities and expenditures under 4
this section during the preceding fiscal year and detailing the amounts allocated to 5
and expended for each of the programs, grants, and services specified in s. 20.445 (1) 6
(b) and (bm) for that fiscal year. The report shall include information on the number 7
of unemployed and underemployed workers and incumbent employees who 8
participate in training programs under sub. (1) or (1j); the number of unemployed 9
workers who obtain gainful employment, underemployed workers who obtain new 10
employment, and incumbent employees who receive increased compensation after 11
participating in such a training program; and the wages earned by those workers and 12
employees both before and after participating in such a training program. The report 13
shall also include information on the extent to which waiting lists for enrollment in 14
courses and programs provided by technical colleges in high-demand fields are 15
reduced as a result of grants under sub. (1g) (a), on the number of students who 16
participate in certification or training programs under sub. (1) (a) or (e) or (1g) (b), 17
on the building modifications funded under sub. (1) (f) and the effect of those building 18
modifications on the school districts' technical education programs, and on the 19
number of persons with disabilities who participate in employment enhancement 20
activities under sub. (1g) (c). In addition, the
report shall provide information 21
on the number of student interns who are placed with employers as a result of the 22
coordination activities conducted under sub. (1r) or the grants awarded under sub. 23
(1) (d). In addition, the report shall include the number of individuals who
24participated in a certification program described in sub. (1y) (b), the cost of each
25individual's participation, the number of individuals who received a certificate or
1other credential upon completion of a certification program, and, of the individuals
2for whom each applicant received a grant, the number that the applicant hired.