Pennsylvania offers grants for low-impact hydro, other clean energy

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is accepting applications “low-impact” hydropower and other clean energy projects competing for $10 million in grants. Applications are due by June 15.

It is the fourth round of funding. PEDA previously allotted $21 million in grants and loans for 57 clean energy projects the state said would leverage another $240 million in private investment and create 975 permanent and construction jobs.

In an earlier round, PEDA awarded a $299,000 grant to Southwest Pennsylvania Water Authority, which is considering adding a 25-kW turbine to a water line in Washington township. (HNN 6/7/06) PEDA also awarded $269,000 to Cambria Somerset Authority for design and other work to develop an 850-kW hydro project at Quemahoning Reservoir. Cambria Somerset Authority subsequently surrendered a preliminary permit for the project.

Applicants for PEDA financing can seek grant assistance for capital costs for a variety of projects. Eligible projects can be powered by new or incremental hydro of 2 MW or less. Sponsors must seek certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. (HNN 4/3/07) Other eligible fuels include solar energy, wind, geothermal, methane gas, biomass, fuel cells, and waste coal.

PEDA financing is available to organizations operating in Pennsylvania, and to businesses interested in locating advanced energy operations in the state.

Information is on the Internet at www.depweb.state.pa.us. The program manager is Larry Middleton, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772; (1) 717-772-8959; E-mail: lmiddleton@state.pa.us.

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