Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has announced $20.7 million of investments in 25 energy projects in Pennsylvania. The projects are expected to produce or save 2.2 billion kWh of electricity over their lifetimes, create 430 permanent green jobs and 1,068 construction jobs, and help to retain 4,110 manufacturing jobs by stabilizing energy costs with on-site renewable energy systems.
Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority awarded $20.7 million in grants, including $10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Public funding leverages another $120 million in private matching funds, for a total investment of $140.7 million.
In addition, the projects include 9.3 MW of solar, geothermal and wind projects, carbon capture for coal, biodigesters for farms, combined heat and power, and efficient lighting systems.