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Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

Scroll down to the APPLY section below to learn more about all of our current grant and investment/loan opportunities.

Our projects

Click the map for a searchable database of all projects funded by the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund through December 31, 2018.

What We Do

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund provides grants, loans, and equity investments to promote:

  • the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
  • energy conservation and efficiency
  • sustainable energy businesses
  • projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities

Apply

The Met Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Workforce Development Program has one $25,000 grant available for organizations within the territory served by the Met Ed electric company for projects that provide Pennsylvania residents with training for the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Programs that address a critical training and/or safety need will receive preference.

What is a grant?
A grant is a disbursement to a qualified organization for a specific purpose or to support the organization’s operations and does not need to be paid back (unless the funding is misused). A follow-up report is required for each grant received that describes how the money was used, what impact it had, and other relevant information.

When should I apply?
Applications for the Workforce Development Program open on October 5 and are due by November 18.

How much money is available?
The fund will distribute one$25,000 grants fora workforce development program within the fund territory this year. Grants will be approved in December with checks sent in January.

Do I qualify?
To qualify for a grant, the organization and/or program must:
1. Be located in Pennsylvania.
2. Be requesting a grant for a program that trains Pennsylvania residents to professionally install and/or maintain renewable energy systems. At least 50% of the students in the program must reside within the territories served by the Met Ed electric companies. Click here for a map and a list of zip codes served by Met Ed and Penelec.

What is a renewable energy system?
For the purpose of this grant program, renewable energy systems are those that offset standard grid-supplied power through the use of solar, geothermal, biomass, wind, and/or hydroelectric technologies, which may, in some cases, be paired with a battery back-up system for resiliency.

APPLY HERE BY NOVEMBER 18, 2019.

Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund – Energy Auditor Opportunity

Energy Audits are an important first step toward a goal of reducing kilowatt hours and improving operating costs for many existing buildings. The goal of this Met Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Energy Audit Provider Program is to support building owners in their efforts to become more energy efficient by partnering with a certified and unbiased audit provider(s) to conduct at least 10 energy audits within the Met Ed service territory AND at least 10 energy audits within the Penelec service territory.

We, therefore, are announcing a Request for Proposals from certified, unbiased energy audit providers to conduct these audits, as described above. The strongest proposal(s) will receive a grant in support of this initiative.

What is a grant?
A grant is a disbursement to a qualified organization for a specific purpose or to support the organization’s operations and does not need to be paid back (unless the funding is misused). A follow-up report is required for each grant received that describes how the money was used, what impact it had, and other relevant information.

When should I apply?
Applications for the Energy Audit Provider Program will be available October 5, 2019, with a November 18, 2019, deadline. Decisions will be made by the end of December 2019.

How much money is available?
The fund will provide two $50,000 grants, one for audits to be conducted in the Met Ed territory and one for audits to be conducted in the Penelec territory. The grants may be awarded to the same organization, but could also be awarded to separate organizations.

Do I qualify?
To qualify for a grant, the organization and/or individual must:

Be located in Pennsylvania. Provide proof of certification to conduct ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audits. Demonstrate expertise and experience in providing professional audit reports and similar energy efficiency support to a wide variety (size/types) of building operators. Please note: the audits should not be focused on residential/home audits. This program is for nonprofit, commercial, and/or municipal buildings.

We expect that the auditor(s) receiving the grant funding for this program will provide ASHRAE Level 2 audits in cooperation with selected building owners. The summary information defining the scope of a Level 2 audit, is taken from the website of “Energy Advantage.”

ASHRAE Level 2 – Energy Survey and Analysis
A Level 2 audit includes the preliminary ASHRAE Level 1 analysis, but also includes more detailed energy calculations and financial analysis of proposed energy efficiency measures. The financial analysis or Life Cycle Cost Analysis provides the facility owner with comprehensive understanding of the financial benefits of implementing specific energy efficiency measures. Utility bills are collected for a 24 to 36 month period to allow the auditor to evaluate the facility’s energy/demand rate structures and energy usage profiles. This type of audit identifies all energy conservation measures appropriate for the facility given its operating parameters. A detailed financial analysis is performed for each measure based on implementation cost estimates, site-specific operating cost savings, and the customer’s investment criteria. Sufficient detail is provided to justify project implementation.

Furthermore, individual audits should convert the energy savings into reductions in CO2 emissions.

Click here for a map and a list of zip codes served by Met Ed and Penelec.

APPLY HERE IN THE MET-ED TERRITORY BY NOVEMBER 18, 2019.

APPLY HERE IN THE PENELEC TERRITORY BY NOVEMBER 18, 2019.

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MET-ED / PENELEC SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUND

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Gautier Steel interior

Gautier Steel: History in the Making

“This has been a long time coming and we’re very excited about this,” said Jacqueline Kulback, CFO & Controller at Gautier Steel.

Work had begun to fulfill the company’s first customer order of steel plates. Eventually, it will be rolling titanium and other specialty metals.

The Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies got a behind-the-scenes look as the mill did its early test runs. Gautier received a $25,000 grant and a $500,000 loan from the SEF to help to complete the nearly $20 million project.

15th Anniversary Report of the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

15 years of PA’s sustainable energy funds

In 2000, the sustainable energy industry was bolstered by the creation of special funds across the Commonwealth to provide financial support for projects that promoted renewable and sustainable energy.

Two of those funds, the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and the Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, marked their 15th anniversary in 2015.

Download the report here.

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