HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced that nearly 140 businesses across the state will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses.

“Improving energy efficiency helps small businesses and helps improve quality of life for all residents,” Wolf said. “These grants will help small businesses, improve the environment, and grow the economy.”

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 energy-related or pollution-prevention costs.

The grants will create more than $2.5 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades as well as high-efficiency lighting to save energy.

Since 2004, the program has awarded nearly $9.5 million to 1,915 small businesses statewide.

For more information, visit www.governor.state.pa.us.

For more information about future grant opportunities, contact DEP's Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909 or epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.

Publication date: 6/8/2015

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