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Get Help with Energy Projects from Two Funding Programs

Wednesday December 18th, 2019
The Sustainable Energy Fund Program provides grants and loans for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.
 
Four funds were created as a result of the restructuring plans of five electric companies in Pennsylvania. To be eligible, projects must reduce energy consumption of non-sustainable resources or generate energy from sustainable resources.
 
Eligible projects include such improvements as solar photovoltaic and wind energy systems, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, and building envelope enhancements.
 
The five funds and their contact information are:
 
• PECO — solutions.peco-energy.com/newincentives; toll-free hotline (844) 424-9728, smartideasbiz@peco-energy.com.
 
• PPL Electric Utilities — www.pplelectricbusinesssavings.com; toll-free (866) 432-5501, PPLEUBusinessSavings@pplweb.com.
 
• Metropolitan Edison Company — bccf.org./sustainable-energy-fund; Berks County Community Foundation, (610) 685-2223, Heidi Williamson, heidiw@bccf.org.
 
• Penelec — cfalleghenies.org/grants; Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, (814) 536-7741, Angie Berzonski, aberzonski@cfalleghenies.org.
 
• West Penn Power — www.wppsef.org; wppsef@ems.psu.edu.
 
The Sustainable Energy Finance Program provides legal and technical assistance and low-cost capital for energy improvement projects in municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals, collectively known as the MUSH sector.
 
Under the program, a partnership between the state treasury, the private sector, and leading nonprofits in the energy industry, participants receive free energy audits from energy service companies. Once potential projects have been identified and the entities decide to proceed, a bond is issued to finance the work. The energy cost savings from the projects are used to finance the bond.
 
Energy service companies that wish to participate in the program must pre-qualify and agree to a common set of legal terms and performance standards for project design, savings guarantees, compliance verification, and corrective actions if necessary.
 
Any energy conservation measures, including solar generation, energy storage and microgrids, or water conservation measures that generate savings sufficient to pay for themselves are likely to be eligible.
 
Examples of such measures include lighting; building envelope improvements, such as windows and insulation; HVAC systems; advanced building controls; water saving measures; and cogeneration facilities, solar generation, energy storage, and microgrids.
 
For more information, go to freefutures.org/pennsef/participating/, call (215) 494-7383, or email contact@freefutures.org.