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Pennsylvania Offers Grants to Small Businesses to Reduce Energy Costs

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Small-business owners in Pennsylvania can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures through a Small Business Advantage Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

“This program helps small businesses secure energy-efficient means to conduct their day-to-day operations,” said DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. “Becoming more energy-efficient will not only reduce environmental impacts, but also make Pennsylvania’s small businesses more competitive.”

Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be in a Pennsylvania facility owned by the applicant and must save the business at least 25 percent, plus $750 annually in energy or pollution-related expenses.

Applicants may be manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining operators, or agricultural businesses. Eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

The application deadline is Sept. 26. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

For more information and to view the application package, instructions, and application form, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Small Business Advantage Grant” button, or call 717-772-8909.

Publication date: 8/13/2012

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