Grants Will Help Small Pennsylvania Businesses Enhance Energy Efficiency

October 23, 2006

Governor Edward G. Rendell awarded 39 grants totaling more than $224,000 to help Pennsylvania small businesses enhance energy efficiency and promote pollution prevention. The investments will leverage more than $850,000 in private funds.

"Improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution are vital steps for Pennsylvania businesses and for the environment we all share," Rendell said. "By partnering with small businesses to reduce waste and improve their competitiveness, we are keeping our air, land, and water cleaner and opening the doors to greater economic opportunities."

The grants were awarded under the Small Business Advantage Grant Program. They provide a 50 percent match of up to $7,500 each for equipment or processes to reduce energy consumption, promote pollution prevention, and increase profitability. The program was launched in July 2004; since then more than $2.2 million has been awarded to almost 490 businesses.

For more information, read Governor Rendell's October 20 press release.