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Friday, August 28, 2009

GOVERNOR RENDELL ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR ALTERNATIVE, RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Recovery Act Funding Helps Create More Than 200 Jobs in Nine Counties

HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced Pennsylvania is investing more than $5.3 million in 12 innovative clean energy projects, which will generate energy, save money, create jobs and improve the environment. These innovative projects under the commonwealth’s Energy Harvest Program are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“The Energy Harvest Program will create opportunities to better manage our energy resources in a way that also improves our environment, supports economic development and enhances our quality of life,” said Governor Rendell. “The number of worthy projects seeking financial assistance greatly outpaces available state funding. The federal Recovery Act funding provides additional opportunities to invest in our future. These projects will produce short- and long-term benefits by putting people to work and creating immediate energy savings, and by producing clean, renewable energy that will help power homes for years to come.”

The selected projects will leverage more than $11.6 million in private investments, create or retain more than 200 jobs, generate enough energy to power 900 homes, save more than $1.7 million in energy costs and reduce air emissions by more than 54 million pounds annually.

Governor Rendell launched the Energy Harvest program in 2003 to promote awareness and build markets for cleaner or renewable energy technologies. Innovative projects that are eligible through the program include renewable energy deployment, including biomass; waste coal reclamation for energy; deployment of innovative efficiency technologies; and distributed generation projects. To date, Energy Harvest has provided more than $40 million to 183 projects. “Energy Harvest is about deploying new and innovative technologies in the marketplace,” said Governor Rendell. “By making sound financial investments in proven technologies we are making great strides in the areas of energy generation, energy conservation and pollution prevention. We are creating a more energy independent Pennsylvania for our citizens.” For more information visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Energy Harvest. To learn more about how the federal Recovery Act is benefitting Pennsylvania, visit www.recovery.pa.gov.

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