The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans to offer a new grant under the PA Green Energy Works! program, which is aimed at reducing energy costs for consumers, businesses, and local governments. Pennsylvania will provide grants to businesses, non-profit corporations, colleges or universities, municipal or county governments, rural electric cooperatives, and economic development organizations for shovel-ready biogas, wind, solar, and combined heat and power projects. The program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Draft guidelines for the program are available for public review and comment at recovery.pa.gov under the heading, Where is your money going? and then by clicking on Energy Independence. Comments will be accepted until August 24, 2009.

Highlights of the draft guidelines:

  • Up to $5 million will be available for biogas projects.
  • All project proposals must be for a minimum of $250,000.
  • Projects must be ready to begin work within 6 months of the grant award and completed within 24 months or prior to April 30, 2012, whichever occurs first.
  • Research and demonstration projects related to technologies that are not commercially available are not eligible.

Following the review of public comments and recommendations, the Department anticipates accepting applications for the new program beginning in early September. A draft of the biogas grant criteria and application form is available, along with other details in the August 12, 2009 announcement.

Source: EPA AgStar