Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) - Grants

June 11, 2012


Note: The application window for the April 2010 solicitation has now closed. Prospective future applicants can sign up to be notified when the program re-opens on the program web site. The description below pertains to the April 2010 solicitation and is included for informational purposes only.

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) issues periodic funding solicitations to provide support for innovative, advanced energy projects, and for businesses interested in locating or expanding their alternative-energy manufacturing or production operations in Pennsylvania. PEDA's April 2010 solicitation offers $16 million in total funding to support in-state projects, manufacturing, or research involving the following types of fuels, technologies or measures: clean, alternative fuels for transportation; solar energy; wind; low-impact hydropower; geothermal; biologically derived methane gas, including landfill gas; biomass; fuel cells; coal-mine methane; waste coal; integrated gasification combined cycle; demand management measures, including recycled energy and energy recovery, energy efficiency and load management; and energy education.

The solicitation is open to corporations, partnerships, associations and other legal business entities; nonprofits; Pennsylvania colleges and universities; and any Pennsylvania municipality and any public corporation, authority or body. The maximum individual award under the April 2010 solicitation is $1.0 million with a proposal deadline of June 15, 2010. The 2010 program is supported by funding from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The list of projects funded under the April 2010 solicitation is available on the program web site.

Special eligibility limitations apply to solar energy projects. Residential solar projects are not eligible for funding under any circumstances and small business projects (100 full-time employees or less) must be larger than 200 kW in order to qualify for funding. Solar projects not eligible for PEDA grants may instead apply for funding through the new Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program.

All projects must contain a research component directly related to alternative energy resources. Grant funds may be used for a variety of purposes, summarized as follows:

  • The purchase of equipment used for the manufacturing of alternative energy or energy efficiency equipment and materials
  • The purchase of energy efficiency or alternative energy equipment for energy production
  • Design, renovation, and construction of energy efficient equipment, alternative energy, or alternative fuels manufacturing facilities
  • Design, renovation, and construction of research and development facilities for new alternative energy or energy efficiency technologies
  • Renovations of major facilities to make them more energy efficient (minimum 25% energy savings factor for equipment being replaced or facility as a whole)

Projects that support revitalization by reusing or redeveloping brownfields and previously developed sites in urban, suburban and rural communities are preferred. Applicants are generally expected to provide some level of documented cost share or matching funds, the level or which plays a role in the evaluation process.

For further information please consult the program website or use the contact information below for statewide projects. The grant solicitation also contains a list of regional program contacts.

PEDA was established in 1982 to promote applied energy research, provide financial incentives for the deployment of clean, alternative-energy projects and promote investment in Pennsylvania's energy sector.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Start Date: 04/30/2010 (most recent solicitation)
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Landfill Gas
  • Heat recovery
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: $1 million per project


Name: 71 P.S. § 720.1 et seq.
Date Enacted: 12/14/1982


Name: Thomas Bell (statewide contact)
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Prot
Address: Rachel Carson State Office Building
Harrisburg PA 17105-8776
Phone: (717) 783-8411

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.