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Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program

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Energy Funding Resources

By providing unbiased analyses and information regarding energy conservation, PennTAP helps Pennsylvania companies increase their competitiveness. Opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce energy-related operating costs often involve a capital investment in new equipment, technology, or controls. A key component of PennTAP's technical reports is identifying funding resources available to your business and providing an estimate of project payback.

Often our clients are eligible to apply for one or more of the programs listed below. Eligibility of sites and projects, however, need to be considered carefully and some grant applications can be time sensitive. Contact PennTAP directly for up-to-date information and a concise summary of grant specifics and status.


DEP Small Business Advantage Grant (SBAG)

Overview: pays 50% of certain costs up to a maximum of $9,500

Requirements: must save at least $500 and 25% of energy costs; less than 100 employees


USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Overview: pays 25% of certain costs up to a maximum of $500,000
Requirements: less than 500 employees;  must be defined as Rural (click to see if you qualify)


Tax Credits, Utility Rebates and Other Incentives (Energy.Gov

Overview: Government agencies, utilities, and others offer a variety of tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and reduce pollution. The energy efficiency program details vary by utility and should be checked regularly. Rebates can be based on the amount of energy saved or lump sum payments for specific types of equipment. 


For projects involving renewables or alternative energy, the Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), and the Department of Energy (DOE) are excellent resources for exploring tax credits, rebates, and other funding programs.


Do not be intimidated by the term grants. If you have any questions on these or other energy-related funding resources, please call PennTAP directly. We are here to help.


Utility-Based Resources: 

PECO Energy
PPL Electric
Duquesne Light
First Energy:  Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, West Penn Power

To learn more contact

Denise Bechdel
Energy and Environment Team Lead

Phone: 814-867-1539