The Metropolitan Edison Company/Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund’s Energy Audit program provides grants for professional energy audits.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications for the Met Ed territory are temporarily halted in April due to annual updates to the application system of Berks County Community Foundation.
Eligible organizations include the following:
• Nonprofit Organizations, including Houses of Worship
• Municipal and County Government Agencies
• Businesses located within business districts, particularly those that are located in economically distressed communities (Penelec)
• Businesses located within designated Main Street Districts, particularly those that are located in economically distressed communities (Met Ed)
Applications will only be considered for buildings owned and operated by one of the types of organizations listed above.
If your project is in the Penelec Territory, you may now apply online. Click here to complete the Penelec Energy Audit Grant application online.
If your project is in the Met Ed Territory: Click here to complete the Energy Audit Grant application online.
What is an energy audit?
During an energy audit a trained specialist studies the energy usage of your building by reviewing bills and statements, determining the amount of energy used by onsite equipment, lighting, and windows, etc. The auditor will spend time at your building and with your team to understand your energy uses and needs. After the evaluation is complete, the auditor will prepare a written report that recommends ways to save energy at your facility.
What happens after the energy audit?
In some cases, nonprofit organizations use the information in the audit to make simple changes that have a big impact on their energy bills. In other cases, the building may require more significant retrofits or upgrades to achieve substantial savings. In those cases, the Sustainable Energy Fund will work with the organization to determine if a performance-based loan would be an option to get the work done.
What is a performance-based loan?
A performance-based loan has terms that are determined by the amount of money the organization is expected to save in energy costs as a result of efficiency upgrades. For example, if an energy audit shows that a building needs $30,000 in retrofits and upgrades to save $6,000 a year on its energy bill, then the performance-based loan could be structured to have the organization pay back $6,000 a year for 5 years, thus using the savings to pay back the loan while setting the organization up for lower bills in the future. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Do I have to get a performance-based loan if I receive a grant for an energy audit?
No. The decision to apply for a performance-based loan will be yours to make after you receive the audit results.
What happens after I submit my application?
A member of the Sustainable Energy Fund staff will contact you to learn more about your building and will likely schedule a brief site visit. The staff member will share your application and information from the site visit with the fund advisory committee, who will make the final recommendations on which organizations will receive the grants.
Do I need to find an energy auditor?
If your building is approved for a grant, we will provide a list of approved energy auditors from which you can request a quote.
What if I have questions?
- If you are located in the Penelec or Penn Power territory, call Community Foundation for the Alleghenies at 814-536-7741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are located in the Met Ed territory, call Berks County Community Foundation at 610-685-2223 or email email@example.com.
Follow the link for a case study on two nonprofit organizations that participated in the Building Energy Audit Program’s launch year in 2013: Inside the Building Energy Audit Program Process: Case Study.
For examples from 2015, go here.