Senator Gordner Encourages Small Businesses to Apply for Energy Efficiency Grants

HARRISBURG –Small businesses in the Commonwealth can cut costs by improving energy efficiency through the state’s new Alternative Energy Investment Fund, according to State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

The $3 million Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program is the first program available through the $650 million environmental bond fund passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell last July.

“In today’s economic climate, small businesses need to cut their costs so that they will be in a better position to compete when the economy improves,” said Senator Gordner. “Companies that enhance their competitiveness will also be better prepared to manage rising electric rates.”

To qualify for a Small Business Energy Efficiency grant, projects must save at least 20 percent of the applicant’s annual energy costs and at least $1,000 a year in energy costs. The grants will provide up to 25 percent of project costs, with a maximum grant of $25,000.

Grants will apply to energy efficiency improvements on systems such as lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration and process machinery, as well as building insulation and weatherization improvement projects.  An eligible applicant must be an independent, for-profit small business with 100 employees or fewer whose business or facility is located within Pennsylvania.

Applications are available at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program. Applications will also be available by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., P. O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772. Applications can also be obtained by calling (717) 783-8411 or e-mailing ra-sbgrants@state.pa.us.

Applications must be received by May 1. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the $3 million in available funds are depleted.