State Grants Awarded for Local Energy Efficiency Projects

HARRISBURG – A pair of state grants totaling more than $2.6 million will finance local alternative energy projects, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

A $2 million grant to the State College Area School District will fund a number of new energy efficiency measures at the high school, including a high-efficiency water source heat pump HVAC system, a solar array, energy-efficient lighting and new low-flow water fixtures.

The upgrades are part of the school district’s efforts to construct a 405,000-square-foot addition to the high school, as well as renovations to existing structures. The improvements are expected to reduce energy consumption by more than 4.8 million kBTU each year and cut water usage in the building by 31 percent.

A second state grant of $625,082 will help Oak Springs Farm in Centre Hall install a new anaerobic digester that will produce electricity from manure and waste. Electricity generated by the new digester is expected to exceed the farm’s total electrical consumption, allowing excess power to be sold to the grid.

“Both of these projects will not only produce lower energy costs, but also reduce pollution,” Corman said. “Making targeted, strategic investments in both the public and private sector is the best way to keep our businesses competitive and reduce long-term energy costs to taxpayers.”

The grants were awarded as part of the Alternative and Clean Energy Program administered by the Commonwealth Financing Agency.

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