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Friday, March 8, 2013

DEP Awards Energy-Efficiency, Pollution-Prevention Grants to 36 Small Businesses

DEP Awards Energy-Efficiency, Pollution-Prevention Grants to 36 Small Businesses

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $290,010 in grants to help 36 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects.

“Since 2004, DEP has invested $7.5 million in 1,756 small businesses statewide,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “We are committed to investing in energy and pollution-saving measures in small businesses.”

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs.

Of the $1 million in grants budgeted for the current fiscal year, this is the last of three announcements of selected grantees. The 36 new grants will create more than $1.1 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.

For more information about the Small Business Advantage Grant program, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909 or via email at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
No Northern Tier businesses received grants.

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