Hydro eligible to compete in Pennsylvania grant program

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is accepting applications for “low-impact” hydropower projects and other clean energy projects competing for a share of $5 million in grants. Applications are due July 14.

Gov. Edward Rendell announced the state is making $5 million available in grants for a third round of PEDA funding.

PEDA previously awarded $15 million in grants and loans for 41 clean energy projects the state says will leverage another $200 million in private investment and create more than 1,500 jobs. PEDA granted $269,000 to Cambria Somerset Authority for design and other work to develop an 850-kW hydropower project at Quemahoning Reservoir.

Applicants can seek grant assistance for capital costs for innovative, advanced energy projects. Businesses interested in locating advanced energy operations in Pennsylvania also can apply. In addition to “low-impact” hydropower, eligible projects can include solar energy, wind, geothermal, methane gas, biomass, fuel cells, coal-mine methane, waste coal, integrated gasification combined-cycle, and demand management measures.

More information is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on the Internet at www.depweb.state.pa.us, under the keyword PEDA. Applications are due July 14 to DEP Grants Center — PEDA, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-9776. The program manager is Larry Middleton, (1) 717-772-8959; E-mail: lmiddleton@state.pa.us.

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