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Small Business Advantage Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/01/2014
Program Overview:
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Steam-system upgrades, Compressed air, Building Insulation, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Amount:Up to 50% of project costs
Maximum Incentive:$9,500
Equipment Requirements:ENERGY STAR equipment is required if the equipment type is covered under the ENERGY STAR program
Program Budget:$1 million (FY2014-2015)
Start Date:10/6/2014 (current solicitation)
Expiration Date:04/15/2015
Web Site:
Authority 1:
35 P.S. 6029.201 et seq.

NOTE: This program started accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 on October 06, 2014. Applications will be accepted until April 15th 2015, or until the funds are exhausted.

Established in July 2004, the PA Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides matching funds to for-profit businesses with a maximum of 100 full-time employees for improvements in energy efficiency and pollution prevention. The business must also be the primary source of employment for at least one full-time employee. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the grants, providing up to $9,500 for proposed projects. Under the most recent solicitation, projects must demonstrate annual savings of at least 25% in energy consumption or pollution output plus $500 in annual monetary savings as a direct result of the proposed project. A recipient of the grant must submit a follow-up report to the DEP twelve months after the project completion date, detailing the environmental benefits and the financial costs and benefits as a result of the project. Prior to submitting an application for the 2012 program, eligible businesses must first (1)  obtain a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vendor Registration Number; and (2) provide a completed checklist and a W-9 with the application.

Franchises are not eligible for funding. Projects that receive energy efficiency incentives from a utility are not eligible for additional funding through the Small Business Advantage Grant Program. Residential rental units and dwellings are not eligible for awards, nor are outdoor wood burners, wood-fired boilers, photovoltaics (PV), solar hot water, room air-conditioners, vending machines, and some types of building envelope measures. The measures identified above as eligible equipment are based on examples provided in program documents and lists of awards made for prior solicitations.

The program provided more than $564,000 in grants for 90 projects under the 2010 solicitation. Further information on eligible technologies and the application process are provided in the program document

  Bill Dunagan
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Small Business Ombudsman Office
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 772-5106
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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