DEP offers matching grants to reduce energy
MUNCY – Small-business owners in the Commonwealth may now apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant through the Department of Environmental Protection in an effort to prevent pollution and save money. ?This program helps small businesses secure energy-efficient means to conduct their day-to-day operations. Becoming more energy-efficient will not only reduce environmental impacts, but also make Pennsylvania’s small businesses more competitive. ?Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. ?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. ?Over the years we have had a number of small businesses in the area take advantage of this grant and I hope this year is no exception. This is a win-win for companies who are thinking about upgrading their equipment and for the residents of Pennsylvania who will benefit from cleaner air and water. ?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.