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[ Energy-Efficiency, Pollution-Prevention Grants given to 56 Small Businesses ]

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $418,049 in grants to help 56 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects.

“Since 2004, this program has generated more than $26 million in private-sector investment in small business,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “All Pennsylvanians enjoy the benefits of the return on this investment through making small businesses more energy-efficient and more competitive.”

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 pollution prevention or energy-related costs. Since 2004, the program has invested $6.6 million in 1,642 small businesses statewide.

Of the $1 million in grants budgeted for the current fiscal year, this is the first of two announcements of selected grantees. The 56 new grants will create $1,542,437 of private-sector investment in small businesses.

Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.

For more information about the Small Business Advantage Grant program, contact DEP’s Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-8909 or via email at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.

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