Cooking in Healthy Electrified Commercial Kitchens Rebate Program
[52 Pa.B. 6264]
[Saturday, October 1, 2022]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of a new rebate program, Cooking in Healthy Electrified Commercial Kitchens (Program), to help commercial kitchens in this Commonwealth modernize and become healthier places to work by means of energy efficiency and electrification. The Program provides rebates to nonprofits, higher education institutions and K—12 schools for a variety of combustion-free cooking equipment, as well as associated electrical upgrades.
To qualify for the rebate, the applicant must be one of the following entities: a Commonwealth-based K—12 school district, a higher education institution, a not-for-profit hospital or a nonprofit whose mission is geared toward community services, such as soup kitchens, shelters or food banks. A representative from the school, institution or nonprofit must also attend either a Program online training or in-person workshop to apply for the rebate. The application must be submitted to the Department prior to the installation of the equipment. Equipment purchase costs are eligible, as well as associated electrical infrastructure upgrades to accommodate additional load. Rebates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which they are received, until June 30, 2023, or when funds are depleted, whichever comes first. Up to 50% of the rebates will be allotted for buildings located in environmental justice communities, as defined by the Department's Office of Environmental Justice. Approved applicants will be issued a voucher, install eligible equipment and submit a payment request form with required documentation to the Department to receive rebate moneys.
The following rebates are offered for commercial kitchens by eligible entities:
• $2,500 rebate for ENERGY STAR certified steam cooker, fryer, combination oven, convection oven, griddle, hot food holding cabinet (up to 50% of purchase cost).
• $3,000 rebate for demand control kitchen ventilation system (up to 50% of purchase cost).
• $3,000 rebate for induction range, wok, griddle (up to 50% of purchase cost).
• $1,000 rebate for associated electrical infrastructure upgrades to accommodate additional load (up to 50% of infrastructure cost).
Applicants may apply under each category, but no more than a total of $5,000 in rebates will be issued to any one applicant.
The Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's web site at https://www.dep.pa.gov/CommercialBuildings.
Applications must be submitted online through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. The Department will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2022. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2023.
Questions concerning the rebate program can be directed to Heidi Kunsch at email@example.com or (717) 214-4243.
RAMEZ ZIADEH, P.E.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1519. Filed for public inspection September 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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