READING, PA (Aug 23, 2021) – Applications are now available for Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund grants through two different funding options totaling $ 470,000 for projects in Pennsylvania.

The funding opportunities:

  • A grant of up to $ 240,000 to support an applied research and development project in the areas served by Met-Ed and Penelec electricity companies.
  • A grant of up to $ 230,000 to support the construction of a green, sustainable, and / or natural building or renovation of an existing building using these energy efficiency principles in the areas served by Met-Ed and Penelec.

Applications for each funding opportunity are possible until October 15, 2021.

The research and development project

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has a grant of up to $ 240,000 to support an applied research and development project in the areas served by Met-Ed and Penelec electricity companies.

The aim of this funding is to support a project that will reduce energy consumption and bridge the cost differential between traditional energy technologies and renewable energy, making renewable energy a more attractive option for new infrastructure investments across the Commonwealth.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund aims to support projects that test and / or pilot technologies and applications, not building retrofits or system / component installations.

To be considered, a project should impact at least one of the following categories:

  • Battery storage tied to renewable energies and / or resilience
  • Grid stability with a focus on advanced controls for the economic integration of renewable energies into the grid
  • Hydropower
  • Carbon capture and storage, with a focus on projects that convert carbon in a way that reduces energy consumption
  • Another groundbreaking technology that leads to a significant reduction in kilowatt hours and lowers energy consumption

All applicants must be in Pennsylvania and fit into one of the following categories:

  • educational institutions
  • Applied research centers
  • Early-stage startups (new LLCs or branches of existing companies, not individuals)

To find out more and / or to apply, use the access code R & DRFP2021 at this link: https://www.grantinterface.com/sl/62IgP8

The green, sustainable and / or natural construction project

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has a grant of up to $ 230,000 to support the construction of a green, sustainable, and / or natural building or the renovation of an existing building using these energy efficiency principles. The project must be in the areas served by Met-Ed or Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania. Projects in rural communities or economically troubled city centers are given priority.

The aim of the funding is to support a project that demonstrates the cost and energy savings associated with using green, sustainable and / or natural construction techniques in a community where the building can serve as an example to others.

All applicants must be Pennsylvania resident and be a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, educational, governmental, business development agency, or religious organization.

Funding is possible until December 31, 2021 at the latest.

All grant funds must be used within three years of the award date or within a shorter mutually agreed time frame that is acceptable to both the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Advisory Committee and the applicant.

Apply here: http://bccf.link/grants

additional Information

For more information, as well as maps and postcodes of the areas served by Met-Ed and Penelec, see www.metedpenelecsef.org or www.bccf.org/sustainable-energy-fund/. Or go to www.bccf.org, click on “Our Work” in the menu and select “Fund for Sustainable Energy”.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund is administered by the Berks County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

For more information, contact one of the following people who are located closer to your organization and / or project:

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The Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation and the Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies distribute funds in the form of grants and investments for a variety of projects in the areas originally served by the two power companies. The two funds share an advisory committee and are known singly as the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund.

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For immediate publication
Jason Brudereck, communications director, Berks County Community Foundation
610.685.2223, jasonb@bccf.org