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November 10, 2004

Pennsylvania Awards $5 million in Clean Energy Grants

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on November 5th its award of $5 million to 34 advanced energy projects, marking the second round of funding for the state's Clean Energy Harvest initiative. The grants will go toward a wide range of projects, including a variety of biomass energy projects, four small wind turbines, a wind-driven composting facility, eight projects to install a variety of solar power systems, a solar- and wind-powered water pumping system, a solar-powered greenhouse with a corn-fired furnace, a solar desiccant heat pump, a green roof installation, a high-performance green school, a truck stop electrification system (which helps avoid unnecessary idling by trucks), and a microturbine fueled with methane recovered from the mouth of a coal mine.

The biomass energy projects include six anaerobic digesters; an effort to provide heating, cooling, and power from advanced anaerobic digesters at five industrial sites; a project to recover energy from a wastewater treatment plant effluent; a landfill gas system; the installation of a wood-fired heat and hot water system; an effort to turn trap grease into motor fuel and heating oil; an attempt to convert mushroom compost into ethanol and electricity; and a project to build the market for biofuels in the state. See the DEP press release.

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