$10 million made available for clean
Harrisburg, PA— Pennsylvania Governor
Edward G. Rendell announced that Pennsylvania will be investing
$10 million in new clean energy projects.
Governor Rendell made $5 million in grants
available for the third round of Pennsylvania Energy Development
Authority funding. After years of inactivity, PEDA has awarded
$15 million in grants and loans for 41 clean energy projects
that will leverage another $200 million in private investment.
The projects will create 1,558 permanent and construction jobs.
Research projects, if successful, could net as many as 327 full-time
The Governor also announced $5 million in
available grants for the fourth round of funding under the Pennsylvania
Energy Harvest Grant Program. The program has awarded $15.9
million and leveraged another $43.7 million in private funds
for more than 100 clean energy projects since its inception
Both programs will begin accepting applications
May 8. The deadline for receipt of applications for both programs
is July 14.
Energy Harvest grants will fund innovative
energy deployment projects that emphasize protecting Pennsylvania’s
air or water quality while supporting economic development and
enhancing the quality of life in the commonwealth.
Eligible proposals include renewable energy
deployment, including biomass energy; waste coal reclamation
for energy; deployment of innovative energy efficiency technologies;
and distributed generation projects.
Applicants for PEDA financing can seek grant
assistance for capital costs for a variety of innovative, advanced
energy projects and for businesses interested in locating their
advanced energy operations in Pennsylvania.
Eligible PEDA projects may include solar energy;
wind; low-impact hydropower; geothermal; biologically derived
methane gas, including landfill gas; biomass; fuel cells; coal-mine
methane; waste coal; integrated gasification combined cycle;
demand management measures, including recycled energy and energy
recovery, energy efficiency and load management; and clean,
alternative fuels for transportation.
PEDA project priorities include solar, distributed
generation for critical public infrastructure and clean, alternative
fuels for transportation.
Proposals will be evaluated on a variety of
criteria, including ability to promote Pennsylvania’s
indigenous energy resources, encourage energy diversity and
enhance energy security. Projects will be judged on the potential
to create jobs and stimulate investment in the commonwealth.
Potential environmental benefits, as well as technical feasibility
and cost- effectiveness, also will be considered.
key words “PEDA” and “Energy Harvest.”