WEST CHESTER (June 2) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced that seven Chester County companies have been awarded $ 50,340 in total 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:

  • Casmos Liquor LLC will receive $9,500 to replace and upgrade its HVAC system.
  • Deer Creek Malthouse LLC will receive $9,500 to replace and upgrade its HVAC system.
  • 243 World Domination LLC will receive $9,500 to replace and upgrade its HVAC system.
  • Paoli Cleaners Inc. will receive $9,500 to replace its oil-fired burner with a high efficiency gas-fired burner.
  • Swann’s Pantry Inc. will receive $6,902 for energy efficient lighting upgrades.
  • Greg A. Vietri Inc. will receive $3,841 to upgrade its warehouse lighting.
  • The Clean Store LLC will receive $1,597 to install a tankless water heater.

“Energy efficient upgrades not only cut costs and increase profitability, they also benefit our environment.” Dinniman said. “These grants can go a long way in helping small businesses realize the advantages of investing in such projects.”

sunset-208771_1280Pennsylvania’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 $980,000 in total grant funding to help 139 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. They will create more than $2.5 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Since 2004, the Small Business Advantage Grant program has awarded nearly $9.5 million in more than 1,915 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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