Supporting Energy-Efficiency and Pollution-Prevention Projects
On May 28, 2015, Governor Wolf announced that nearly 140 businesses across Pennsylvania will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects by using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses. Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
On May 27, 2015, Governor Wolf announced the formation of a task force to help Commonwealth agencies, the natural gas industry, and communities across the state collaborate more effectively as thousands of miles of pipelines are being proposed to transport natural gas and related byproducts to markets from gas wells throughout the Commonwealth.
In Pennsylvania, natural gas drilling has outpaced the development of the infrastructure needed to get gas to market. Governor Wolf created the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force in an effort to promote unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders to facilitate the development of a world-class pipeline infrastructure system.
Reopening of Solar Energy Program
On November, 16, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced the reopening of the Solar Energy Program (SEP), offering more than $30 million in loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. For solar equipment manufacturing projects, SEP will offer loans of up to $40,000 for every new job created within three years. For energy generation or distribution projects, SEP will offer loans up to $5 million or $3 per watt, whichever is less.