Penelec SEF of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant Program (FirstEnergy Territory) (Pennsylvania)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name Penelec SEF of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant Program (FirstEnergy Territory)
Incentive Type Local Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Penelec Service Territory of FirstEnergy (No Residential Grants)
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Fuel Cells, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Energy Storage, Yes; specific technologies not identified
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Varies according to project

Maximum Incentive Varies; 25,000 for some types of projects

Program Administrator Community Foundation of the Alleghenies

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


FirstEnergy (formerly GPU) established the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund and the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund in 2000. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies in Johnstown, Pennsylvania administers the Penelec loan and grant components of the Fund, which has assets of approximately $9.1 million. The fund is administered by the Berks County Community Foundation. The majority of funding available from the fund takes the form of investments made in businesses pursuing one or more of the fund's objectives. These funds typically will be distributed as loans or equity investments, but a limited number of grants are available each year for specific purposes. The following types of projects are currently eligible for grants:

  • Projects that educate power users in the Med-Ed region about renewable energy, the importance of energy conservation and/or energy conservation methods.
  • Projects that improve the environment in the Met-Ed service territory, as defined by their relationship to the company's transmission and distribution facilities. Grants are limited to projects that propose to provide a public benefit from the use of the company's facilities.
  • Studies of the implementation of established or developing technologies (e.g., wind studies, methane quality studies) for projects situated in the Met-Ed region. Projects that, if feasible, are likely to attract investment from the fund will be given preference.

Examples of projects funded in the past are available on the program web site, along with details of the grant guidelines.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Angie Berzonski
Department Community Foundation of the Alleghenies
Address 216 Franklin St., Suite 606
Place Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 15901-1911
Phone (814) 536-7741 Ext:117


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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