Energy efficiency grants for small business available

Small businesses looking for help in implementing projects to trim energy costs and reduce pollution can now apply for state grants of up to $9,500, according to Senator Elder Vogel.

The Small Business Advantage Grant Program through the state Department of Environmental Protection provides a 50 percent matching grant of up to $9,500 toward energy efficiency improvements on systems such as lighting, heating, cooling, as well as building insulation projects.

“I encourage local businesses to look into this grant program as a way to secure state funding to make improvements and save money in the long run,” Senator Vogel said. “This program provides funding that will ease the costs of installing new equipment and reduce their energy consumption, which means savings in the long run as well.”

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on September 6. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. More information is available on the Department’s website at  — click ”Energy” and then click ”Small Business Ombudsman’s Office” — or by calling (717) 705-5400.

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