Below you'll find a list of various energy-related grant opportunities that are worth exploring:
PennTAP's Energy Efficiency services and initiatives help Pennsylvania businesses improve their competitiveness by providing unbiased analyses and information about their energy consumption. Inspecting your motors, compressed air systems, lighting, building envelope, and boilers, and examining utility bills are all ways that we can help you identify opportunities to improve your efficiency and reduce energy-related costs.
DEP Small Business Advantage Grant (SBAG) - Opens July 2013 – Select your energy efficient projects and collect contractor quotes now! The Pennsylvania DEP will accept Small Business Advantage Grant applications soon for pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects. Grant funding reimburses up to 50% of the projects cost, with a maximum of $9,500 for any small business.
Business Energy Investment Tax Credit:
Corporate taxpayers are eligible for this tax credit which will credit 30 percent of expenditures up to 100 KW for wind, geothermal and solar investments. For more information, visit www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US02F&re=1&ee=1.
U.S. Department of Treasury's Renewable Energy Grants:
This grant is to be used in lieu of the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit for eligible tax-paying entities. Each renewable energy has separate grant amounts and guidelines. Grant applications must be submitted by September 30, 2012. Visit www.treas.gov/recovery/1603.shtml.
Keystone HELP Residential Energy Efficiency Program:
Provides low-interest rate loans and rebates to Pennsylvania residents for energy efficiency improvements to their homes, including the installation of energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, geothermal systems, insulation and air sealing, and more. The Department of Environmental Protection is offering the program with our partners, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and AFC First Financial. Visit www.keystonehelp.com.
Small Business Assistance Program:
The purpose of this program is to provide cost-saving information about pollution prevention practices, assist small businesses with regulatory compliance, and ensure that small business is taken into consideration when new regulations are developed. The Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan is still available. The purpose of the Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan is to fund up to 75 percent of pollution prevention projects up to $100,000. Lighting upgrades are an example of pollution prevention projects. There is a 2 percent interest rate with a 10-year term. Visit www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/AIRWASTE/AQ/small_Business/small_business.htm.
Renewable Energy Program:
Geothermal and wind projects grants and loans are available for wind energy facilities and geothermal technologies, including opportunities for wind energy and geothermal manufacturers. Eligible candidates include a business, an economic development organization, or a political subdivision, which includes municipalities, counties, and school districts. Visit - http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/renewable-energy-program-geothermal-and-wind-projects.
Solar Energy Program:
Grants and loans are available for large-scale solar electricity production and solar manufacturing projects. Eligible candidates include a business, an economic development organization, or a political subdivision, which includes municipalities, counties, and school districts. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Visit http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/solar-energy-program.
High-Performance Buildings Programs:
The High-Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to residents and small businesses to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high-performance buildings in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Visit http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/high-performance-building-program.
Green Building Alliance’s (GBA) Jump-Start Assessment Program:
GBA provides (either directly or through a subcontractor) up to $5,000 worth of services to manufacturers in order to assess the company’s best opportunities in the green building products marketplace. Visit www.pa-greenbuildingproducts.org/pdf/JumpStartAssessment.pdf or www.gbapgh.org.
Green Building Alliance’s (GBA) Product Innovation Grants:
GBA awards up to $20,000 for proof of concept grants (no partnership required) or up to $100,000 full grants for projects that develop new green building products or revamped existing products as green (academic industry partnership required). Visit www.pa-greenbuildingproducts.org/pdf/JumpStartAssessment.pdf or www.gbapgh.org.
For a list of federal and state incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects visit www.dsireusa.org.
To learn more contact
Team Lead for Energy and Enviroment, PennTAP