Pennsylvania's Small Businesses Green Energy Funding Boost

THE Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, announced yesterday that the State’s Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $32,880 in grants to help small businesses to invest in energy-efficiency.

“Investment in small business is a cornerstone to sound economic growth,” Corbett said. “These grants will help small business owners continue to thrive in Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in energy-related costs and pollution-prevention.

The latest grants, made to just four small businesses, are expected to create more than $136,000 in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades; high-efficiency lighting to save energy; installation of energy-efficient heat pumps; and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.

Since 2004, Pennsylvania’s DEP has invested more than $7.5 million in 1,760 small businesses statewide.

Picture: Harrisburg with State Capitol by kev72 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 28, 2006) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 15th May 2013

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