WEST CHESTER (February 14) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced that two Chester County companies have been awarded $16,647 in total state funding to invest in energy-efficiency projects.

pageThe grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program, are as follows:

  • JGM Welding and Fabricating Service, Inc. will receive $9,500 to purchase and install upgraded, energy-efficient lighting fixtures at its Coatesville facility.
  • Human Society Service, Inc. will receive $7,147 to purchase and install Heating, Ventilation, or Air Conditioning (HVAC) and lighting and insulation upgrades to conserve energy.

“These grants can go a long way in helping small businesses realize the advantages of investing in energy efficiency upgrades. Projects like these do not only cut costs and increase profitability, they benefit our environment.” Dinniman said.

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs. Examples of eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems and auxiliary power units deployed as an anti-idling technology for trucks.

These grants come as part of $996,713 in total grant funding to help 134 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. They will create more than $3.7 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Since 2004, the Small Business Advantage Grant program has awarded in excess of $8.5 million in more than 1776 small businesses statewide.

For more information about the program, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at (717) 772-8909 or epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.

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