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LGH's Energy Center of the Future
was partially funded by a grant from
the PA Department of Community
and Economic Development.
Specifically, LGH received an ACE
grant for a project that qualified
under the Alternative Clean
Energy Program.
Such grants are specifically intended for businesses
or organizations for the utilization, development and
construction of alternative and clean energy projects
in the state. Grants have a matching investment
requirement of at least one dollar for every dollar funded
and cannot exceed two million dollars. Last year, the
application period was from February 1 to April 1.
Details can be found at dced.pa.gov.
The Energy Center of the Future is one of five projects
in Lancaster County to receive funding since 2015. The
other three to receive grants are:

1.) Eden Resort and Conference Center
$337,930 for a co-generation plant. A smaller version
and without the chilling capabilities of a tri-gen plant,
this CHP is used to lower emissions and power costs for
the Eden.
2.) Doe Run Elementary School
$2,000,000 for a variety of green features, including
a "green" roof that will be covered in vegetation. The
grant is being applied to construction of the new school,
scheduled to be completed by August of 2017.
3.) S&A Kreider & Sons
$632,848 for an expansion to the Kreider's farm digester.
Digesters are used to convert manure into methane gas
and electricity.
In addition to grants, the PA DCED also awards loans.
Since 2015, one has been awarded in Lancaster County
to QuantaPanel for the purposes of growing their energy
efficient window manufacturing operations. The loan is
for $145,442.
BY MARCUS GRIMM,
VP of Market Growth & Innovation,
Benchmark Construction
Contact Marcus at:
mgrimm@benchmarkgc.com

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