Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program

July 27, 2020


The Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) offers low-interest loans to help small businesses (100 full-time employees or less) located within the state implement energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. Loans may be issued for 75% of project costs up to $100,000 within any 12-month period, with terms of up to 10 years. The program is only available to qualifying businesses that adopt or install pollution prevention or energy efficient equipment or processes that reduce or reuse raw materials on-site, reduce the production of waste, or significantly reduce energy consumption and are directly related to the business activity. Renewable energy systems are eligible for loans under this program if they meet the project eligibility criteria. A list of potentially eligible projects is provided in the program guidelines.

The program is administered by the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. In order to qualify, the project must have a payback that is less than or equal to the loan term, and the expected benefits must extend past the term of the loan. Applications are available at the program web site above. The program is also now a part of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (see full program guidelines). 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Loan Program
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Administrator: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Motors
  • Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
  • Custom/Others pending approval
Maximum Loan: $100,000 within any 12-month period
Loan Term: Maximum loan term of 10 years
Interest Rate: 2% fixed interest


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Lighting, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Motors, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Renewable Energy
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of 75.00 % of cost, The incentive has a minimum of $100000.00, The incentive has a minimum of 10.00 Years


Name: Gene DelVecchio
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Prot
Address: Rachel Carson State Office Building
Harrisburg PA 17105-8772
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.