Pennsylvania awards $10 Million to 17 clean energy projects


Jun 30, 2005

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority awarded $10 million to 17 energy projects on June 23rd, including six projects to produce power from wind energy, biomass, and waste heat and three projects involving energy-efficient buildings. The power projects include $3.5 million to capture waste heat from a new coking operation in Cambria County to fuel a 130-megawatt power plant; $1 million for Community Energy, Inc. to build a 24-megawatt wind plant in the Pocono Mountains, 10 miles southeast of Wilkes-Barre; $650,000 to build a 3.2-megawatt landfill gas-to-energy project in Conestoga; $500,000 for Southeast Chester County Refuse Authority to build a landfill gas system that will produce 6.9 million kilowatts of electricity per year; more than $490,000 to convert waste heat from a graphite electrode manufacturer into 400 kilowatts of electricity; and more than $160,000 to run a microturbine on pure biodiesel fuel.

The building efficiency projects include more than $410,000 to build energy efficient "green" homes and buildings, including some zero energy homes, on a 300-acre abandoned industrial site in Allegheny County; nearly $265,000 to establish an Energy Star affordable housing program; and more than $77,000 to expand a loan program for energy efficiency improvements to homes.

In addition, four research projects will investigate biofuels, solid-oxide fuel cells, and solar cells, including new technologies to produce silicon for solar cells, and four grants will go toward other energy projects.