West Penn Power SEF Grant Program

September 20, 2022


The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) promotes the use of renewable energy and clean energy among commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers in the West Penn market region. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, low-impact hydro, sustainable biomass such as closed-loop biomass and biomass gasification, and innovative natural gas technologies as well as energy efficiency. Clean energy refers to advanced technologies, including landfill gas and fuel cells, which use fossil fuels but have significantly lower emissions and waste than current commercialized technologies and fuels derived from waste.

In addition to loans, the program also offers grants up to $25,000 for non-profit entties. Exceptions to the cap may be made for projects that are deemed to have high impact on sustainable energy industry. Commercial entities may also be considered where a limited amount of grant making is coupled with financing.  The projects should be aligned with WPPSEF's mission and should benefit the West Penn Power ratepayers. 

While there is no deadline to apply for loan programs, grants are offered through solicitation through RFP released during the 3rd quarter of each year and the proposals are due in early next year. 

Further information about commercial loan offered by the program can be accessed here.



Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://www.wppsef.org/need-financing.php
Administrator: The EMS Energy Institute of Pennsylvania State University
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Landfill Gas
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Incentive Amount: Varies by project
Maximum Incentive: Capped at $25,000 per award (exceptions can be made for projects that are deemed to have high impact on sustainable energy industry)


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Combined Heat & Power, Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels, Landfill Gas, Yes; specific technologies not identified, Wind (Small), Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Sectors: Nonprofit
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $25000.00


Name: West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund
Organization: The Energy Institute
Address: Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802-2323
Phone: (814) 865-4802
Email: wppsef@ems.psu.edu

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.