PA offers grants for energy efficiency, pollution prevention

New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Aug 09 2019 | 01:22 PM

    Grants totaling $1 million are available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

    New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

    “Pennsylvania is committed to assisting those small business owners who want to become energy efficient, increase their profitability, and help the environment,” said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding will support projects designed to reduce operating costs and boost competitiveness, while simultaneously protecting the environment.”

    Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses.

    Businesses may apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, are eligible.

    Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

    All applications must be submitted through the commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.

    Examples of eligible projects:
    HVAC and boiler upgrades
    High-efficiency LED lighting
    Solvent recovery and waste recycling systems
    Auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks
    Planting riparian buffers
    Installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams
    Agricultural stormwater management projects to reduce sediment and nutrient loads in waterways.
    “Pennsylvania is committed to assisting those small business owners who want to become energy efficient, increase their profitability, and help the environment." -- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell