Penelec SEF of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant Program (FirstEnergy Territory)

Program Penelec SEF of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant Program (FirstEnergy Territory)
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Local
Last Update
State Pennsylvania
Administrator Community Foundation of the Alleghenies
Technologies Solar - Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

FirstEnergy (formerly GPU) established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund and the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies in Johnstown, Pennsylvania administers the Penelec loan and grant components of the Fund, which has assets of approximately $9.1 million. The fund is administered by the Berks County Community Foundation. The majority of funding available from the fund takes the form of investments made in businesses pursuing one or more of the fund's objectives. These funds typically will be distributed as loans or equity investments, but a limited number of grants are available each year for specific purposes. The following types of projects are currently eligible for grants:

  • Projects that educate power users in the Med-Ed region about renewable energy, the importance of energy conservation and/or energy conservation methods.
  • Projects that improve the environment in the Met-Ed service territory, as defined by their relationship to the company's transmission and distribution facilities. Grants are limited to projects that propose to provide a public benefit from the use of the company's facilities.
  • Studies of the implementation of established or developing technologies (e.g., wind studies, methane quality studies) for projects situated in the Met-Ed region. Projects that, if feasible, are likely to attract investment from the fund will be given preference.

Examples of projects funded in the past are available on the program web site, along with details of the grant guidelines.

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