Senator Gordner Encourages Small Businesses to Apply for Energy Grants

HARRISBURG – – The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from small businesses for the Small Business Advantage Program for pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).  Matching grants of up to $7,500 are available to most small businesses within the Commonwealth.

“Well designed energy efficiency and pollution control projects help small businesses save money and helps protect the environment,” said Senator Gordner.

The project to which the grant will apply must be located within a small business facility in the Commonwealth and must save the business at least 20 percent annually in energy or pollution related expenses.  Eligible projects include installation of energy efficiency equipment or pollution control devices, processes that reduce energy consumption or use of raw materials, or reduce the production of waste.

The Department is accepting applications until January 15, 2010.  Eligible projects must be completed by June 30, 2010.  Awards are expected in March.

Applications and program guidelines are available at www.depweb.state.pa.us or from the Office of Energy and Technology Deployment at the Department.