WEST CHESTER (May 9, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that nine Chester County businesses will receive more than $45,000 in state funding to invest in energy efficiency projects.

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

  • $6,096 for Bellybusters Sub Shoppes to install LED lighting.
  • $5,000 for Boot Road Veterinary Clinic for a medical x-ray.
  • $2,125 for Cari Orthodontics for a medical 3-D printer.
  • $5,000 for Eagle Chiropractic at Glenmore for a medical x-ray.
  • $7,000 for Eldredge for LED lighting.
  • $7,000 for Kennett Square Cleaners for a boiler.
  • $5,000 for Kessler Dental Associates for an intraoral scanner.
  • $1,157 for Baba’s Brew for LED lighting.
  • $7,000 for Tipton Trucking Co Inc. for LED lighting.

They are expected to leverage nearly $180,000 in private investment.

“These grants can go a long way in helping small businesses realize the advantages of investing in upgrades that reduce costs, waste and energy consumption while increasing profitability and benefitting 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 energy-saving LED lighting, switching from traditional chemical-based X-ray equipment to waste-free digital equipment, replacing inefficient heating systems with high-efficiency boilers and HVAC solutions, installing equipment to eliminate idling for long-distance trucks, and replacing dry-cleaning machinery which generates hazardous waste with equipment using more environmentally friendly processes and materials.

These Chester County grants come as part of nearly $1 million in total grant funding to help 201 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. Statewide, the grants are expected to leverage nearly $3.4 million in matching private investment from the recipients to complete their projects.

The range of savings per business was between $522 to more than $66,000 per year, with the average annual savings per business being $4,906. Combined, these small businesses will realize net savings of approximately $941,000 annually.

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