$500,000 Grants Available in Energy Harvest Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture initiated the Pennsylvania Energy Harvest program to improve air quality, preserve land, protect local watersheds and provide economic opportunities for the state’s agricultural community. The initiative finances the implementation of clean and renewable-energy technologies that have measurable benefits in terms of pollution reduction, environmental quality and reduced energy use. Pennsylvania Energy Harvest’s most recent grant solicitation offers funding for a variety of types of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The solicitation is open to non-profits, school districts, colleges and universities, conservation districts, and incorporated watersheds recognized by the DEP. For profit entities eligible under previous solicitations are no longer eligible for direct funding but are encouraged to apply for Pennsylvania Economic Development Authority (PEDA) Grants or partner with eligible sponsors. Pennsylvania Energy Harvest grants are intended to address the dual concerns of energy and environmental quality. As such, proposals must simultaneously reduce or supplement the use of conventional energy sources and lead to improvements in water or air quality. Projects must demonstrate direct environmental enhancement of watersheds or result in reductions of nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter or other toxic air pollutants. Proposals should clearly indicate how environmental quality will be improved and how much energy will be produced or conserved by the project. Projects primarily involved with education, outreach, feasibility, assessment, planning, or research and development will not be considered. Projects that do not address both energy and environmental concerns will not be considered. Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776; 717-772-5985; Fax: 717-783-2703; http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/energy/cwp/view.asp?a=1374&q=483024
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