Pennsylvania awards $1M to small businesses for energy-saving projects
Twenty-six Southwestern Pennsylvania small businesses have received state grants to help them cut energy waste and expenses.
The grants — including nine in Westmoreland — were part of nearly $1 million in funding awarded Wednesday by the state Department of Environmental Protection through its Small Business Advantage Grant program.
To qualify, businesses had to have fewer than 100 employees and had to reduce their energy consumption or waste by 25% or more.
Projects included installing 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 systems, installing equipment to eliminate idling for long distance trucks and installing more environmentally friendly dry cleaning machinery.
DEP helped fund 201 projects statewide, leveraging 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, DEP said.
Local recipients, with the amount of the grant followed by private investment money, are as follows:
- eLoop — LED lighting, $6,269/$21,993
- Morris Knowles & Associates — LED lighting, $2,103/$3,780
- Bompiani Chiropractic Clinic— Medical X-ray, $5,000/$20,364
- Festa Chiropractic — Medical X-ray, $5,000/$19,379
- Omni Fab — LED lighting, $6,687/$10,931
- Quality Mould — HVAC, $7,000/$86,300
- Specialty Seal Group — LED lighting, $6,200/$12,566
- McCune Auto Repair — LED lighting, $2,010/$2,826
- Valero Service — LED lighting, $1,894/$4,360
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected]bweb.com or via Twitter .