The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has posted (December 5) new and updated information on Pennsylvania renewable energy projects. See NRDC Switchboard. In its web-page “Renewable Energy for America – Harvesting the Benefits of Homegrown, Renewable Energy”, NRDC provides an interactive mapping tool showing the location, developer and energy production of existing and proposed renewable energy projects throughout the United States.
NRDC sums up Pennsylvania’s renewable energy status: “Though Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s largest coal-mining industries and second-largest nuclear industry, parts of the state are in the national vanguard of clean, green energy use.” In its Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Profile, NRDC offers details about Pennsylvania’s existing renewal energy facilities and potential future expansion, including wind energy, solar power, biomass fuels and cellulosic ethanol, and biogas (methane) production.
Funding and economic incentives for Pennsylvania renewable energy projects. Perhaps most importantly, the Pennsylvania profile also includes information about project funding sources and economic incentives for renewable energy projects in the state. For example, businesses, non-profits, universities, and municipalities can apply to the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) for assistance with capital costs on a variety of advanced energy projects, including solar energy, wind, biogas and biomass. Awards are made once a year.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency lists federal, state and local government incentives for renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania. The database includes project grant and loan application details, including eligibility criteria, loan and grant terms, application guidelines and other information useful to applicants. Many of these Pennsylvania programs are administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development. You can download the Pennsylvania DCED Alternative and Clean Energy Program Guidelines by clicking the link below: