Below you'll find a list of various energy-related grant opportunities that are worth exploring:
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Small Business Advantage Grant (SBAG) Program
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a grant program providing 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500, to enable a Pennsylvania small business to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Well-designed energy efficient or pollution prevention projects can help small businesses cut costs and reduce the risk of regulatory problems, while simultaneously protecting the environment. This program is accepting applications through close of business (4:00 p.m.) on April 15, 2015, if funds remain available.
Some examples of eligible projects include: energy efficient lighting, high efficiency furnaces, boilers and air conditioners, geothermal heat pumps, insulation, air sealing energy efficient refrigeration equipment, process equipment upgrades, waste recycling systems or solvent recovery systems.
The application package and associated program forms are available below in both word (.doc) or portable document format (.pdf) or by calling the Grants Center at 717-705-5400 to have an application mailed to you. Click here for the 2014 Small Business Advantage Grant Program Forms.
PPAA provides low interest loans to small businesses undertaking projects (located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) that reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Loans will be used to fund 75 percent of the total eligible project cost. The maximum loan amount is $100,000 within any 12-month period. Small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. The loan has a fixed interest rate of 2 percent and a maximum loan term of 10 years. This funding can help small businesses comply with environmental regulations while receiving the economic benefits of preventing pollution and using energy more efficiently.
To learn more about the loan program, see the online brochure (Adobe PDF 41KB).
ACE provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Funds may be used for any of the following Clean Energy Project costs: installation of equipment for use by an eligible applicant to facilitate or improve energy conservation or energy efficiency (including but not limited to heating, lighting, and cooling equipment). Energy Star® rated equipment is required if the type or class of equipment being installed is rated under the Energy Star® Program.
REP provides financial assistance in the forms of grant and loan funds to promote the use of alternative energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Eligible projects include Geothermal Technologies, including closed loop geothermal heat pump systems that use the ground water and underground mine water as an energy source. Wind Energy, including facilities to produce or distribute wind generated energy as well as manufacturing facilities for wind turbines and other energy components.
Solar Energy Program (SEP) provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to promote the use of alternative solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Solar projects, including facilities to generate, distribute, or store solar energy, as well as manufacturing or assembly facilities for solar panels or other solar equipment. Solar photovoltaic (electric) and solar thermal (hot water) technologies are eligible. **The CFA is temporarily not accepting applications for the Renewable Energy and Solar Energy programs as the guidelines are currently being updated and modified. Once the guidelines have been updated and approved, these programs will resume accepting applications.
High Performance Building Program (HPB) provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). High performance building projects that meet or exceed the standards identified in the application guidelines will be eligible for consideration under this program.
The federal business energy investment tax credit available under 26 USC § 48 was expanded significantly by the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424), enacted in October 2008. This law extended the duration — by eight years — of the existing credits for solar energy, fuel cells and microturbines; increased the credit amount for fuel cells; established new credits for small wind-energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems; allowed utilities to use the credits; and allowed taxpayers to take the credit against the alternative minimum tax (AMT), subject to certain limitations. The credit was further expanded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, enacted in February 2009. In general, the following credits are available for eligible systems placed in service on or before December 31, 2016.
–Solar– The credit is equal to 30% of expenditures, with no maximum credit.
–Fuel Cells– The credit is equal to 30% of expenditures, with no maximum credit.
–Small Wind Turbines– The credit is equal to 30% of expenditures, with no maximum credit for small wind turbines placed in service after December 31, 2008.
–Geothermal Systems– The credit is equal to 10% of expenditures, with no maximum credit limit stated.
–Combined Heat and Power (CHP)– The credit is equal to 10% of expenditures, with no maximum limit stated.
**For a list of federal and state incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects visit www.dsireusa.org.
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Energy, Environment, and Worker Health Team Lead