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Pennsylvania Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program

The Department of Environmental Protection announces an upcoming grant opportunity for small businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects. The Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program provides a 25% matching grant, to a maximum award of $25,000, to enable a small business in this Commonwealth to purchase and install energy efficient equipment or processes that will result in improved energy efficiency.

An eligible applicant must be an independent for- profit small business with 100 employees or less whose business or facility is located within this Commonwealth. Small businesses that are eligible include manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and agricultural operations. The project to which the grant will apply must save the small business at least 20% annually in energy related expenses with a minimum dollar savings of at least $1,000 per year. Only project costs incurred after the grant opening date of January 12, 2009, will be eligible.

For questions regarding the eligibility of projects, visit the grant’s web site at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program) or contact Dave Barnes, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at (717) 783-84111 or ra-sbgrants@state.pa.us before submitting an application. For assistance in submitting an application, persons may also contact the Small Business Development Center’s Environmental Management Assistance Program, at http://www.askemap.org or (877) 275-3627 or the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program, at http://www.penntap.psu.edu or (814) 865-0427.

The grant application and guideline package are available on the Department’s web site at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency). The application package contains the materials and instructions necessary for applying for a grant. Applications will also be available by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 or (717) 783- 8411.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Department between January 12, 2009, and May 1, 2009. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of $3 million is available for this grant round.

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