The PA Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applications for the 2010 Small Business Advantage Grants program. This grant program is intended to help companies fund energy efficiency and pollution prevention retro-fit projects. Applications need to be submitted by November 5, 2010. Eligible businesses are less than 100 employees and located in Pennsylvania with proposed projects that can save at least 25 percent in energy or pollution-related expenses per year. The awards are a maximum of $7,500 and up to 50 percent matching grants.
The full application is available at the DEP web site. The DEP first launched the grant program in 2004 and has awarded funds to approximately 1,000 Pennsylvania businesses. The following list is a sampling of retro-fit projects in the region receiving Small Business Advantage Grants from the DEP.
- High-efficiency restaurant equipment to conserve energy.
- High-efficiency washing machines to conserve energy, water and decrease wastewater.
- Architectural insulation to conserve energy.
- Upgraded lighting with individual motion sensors to control new fixtures to conserve energy.
Eligible projects would install equipment that promotes energy efficiency or pollution prevention, adopt processes that reduce energy consumption, reduce consumption of raw materials, increase the reuse of raw materials on-site, or reduce the production of waste. Some examples of eligible projects are: Energy efficient lighting, high efficiency furnaces, boilers and air conditioning units, insulation/air sealing, energy efficient refrigeration, waste recycling systems or solvent recovery systems. ENERGY STAR rating is required if the equipment being installed is part of the project.