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Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Energy Audit Grant Requests

Berks County Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000 in in-kind support

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Berks County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, except applications are not accepted during the month of April.

Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Energy Audit Grant Requests

The Metropolitan Edison Company/Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund’s Energy Audit program provides grants for professional energy audits.

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.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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.