PA Conservation Works! $22.2 Million Funding Opportunity Available
[39 Pa.B. 3222]
[Saturday, June 27, 2009]
On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Secretary Hanger announces that on June 29, 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will open a $22.2 million solicitation for energy efficiency and conservation and renewable energy projects for motivated local governments and nonprofit entities.
The program is administered by the Department, and funding is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009's (42 U.S.C.A. § 5301( Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). At least 60% of this funding is reserved for units of local government in Pennsylvania that are not eligible for direct formula grants from the EECBG program. This includes Pennsylvania boroughs, townships and cities with fewer than 35,000 residents and counties with fewer than 200,000 residents.
For purposes of this financial assistance opportunity, eligible projects may include energy efficient lighting, including streetlight or outdoor lighting; energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings, including high efficiency furnaces, boilers and air conditioners, combined heat and power, energy efficient ventilation systems, windows, sealing and insulation, and automated control systems; energy efficiency upgrades at wastewater treatment plants; installation of geothermal heat pump systems; premium efficiency motors and variable speed drives; and deployment of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, biomass, biogas and low-impact hydro. All projects must save or conserve a minimum of 25% of all energy used. Renewable energy projects will be eligible if the project replaces at least 25% of the building or entity's energy use.
Under this solicitation, the Department may award financial assistance in the form of grants of up to $250,000. Multi-municipal projects (two or more units of local government sharing services and working together in the deployment of a project) may request up to $500,000.
All projects must create jobs, be able to start work within 6 months, and be completed within 18 months and prior to September 30, 2011.
For grants under this solicitation, the following entities are eligible to apply: Pennsylvania local governments (a county, city, borough, incorporated town, township, or any other similar general purpose unit of government); bodies authorized to act on behalf of two or more local governments according to section 2316 of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act; municipal authorities; incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are also registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations; county conservation districts; and colleges or universities.
Direct recipients of ARRA-EECBG funds are not eligible to apply.
This is a competitive solicitation. Guidelines may be viewed at www.recovery.pa.gov. Applications must be submitted by means of the Environmental eGrants system at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us. Applications will be accepted from July 17, 2009, through August 14, 2009.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1151. Filed for public inspection June 26, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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