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Grant available for sustainable energy research and development in PA

By Berks County Community Foundation

Aug 31, 2020

READING, PA – The Met Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has one grant of up to $340,000 available to support an applied research and development project in Pennsylvania. Projects located within the territories served by the Met Ed or Penelec electric companies will receive preference.

The goal of the funding is to support a project that drives down energy consumption and closes the gap on the cost difference between traditional energy technologies and renewables, thereby making renewables a more attractive option for new infrastructure investments across the Commonwealth.

With this grant, the Met Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund aims to support a project that tests and/or pilots technologies and applications. The monies are not intended for building retrofits and/or system/component installations.

To be considered, a project should impact at least one of the following categories:

  •         Battery storage tied to renewables and/or resiliency
  •         Grid resiliency with an emphasis on advanced controls for economically integrating renewables into the grid
  •         Hydroelectric power
  •         Carbon capture and storage, with greater interest in projects that repurpose captured carbon in a way that decreases energy consumption
  •         Other breakthrough technology resulting in a significant reduction of kilowatt hours, driving down energy consumption

All applicants must be located in Pennsylvania and fit into one of the following categories:

  •         Educational institutions
  •         Applied research centers
  •         Early stage start-ups (new LLCs or branches of existing corporations, not individuals)

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020. To learn more and/or apply, use the Access Code R&DRFP2020 at this link:

More information, as well as maps and zip codes of areas serviced by Met Ed and Penelec, is available at or Or you can go to, click on “Our Work” in the menu, and choose “Sustainable Energy Fund.”

The Met Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund is administered by Berks County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

For further information, contact one of the following staff members whose location is closer to your organization and/or project:

  •         Angie Berzonski, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Johnstown, Pa.: [email protected], 814.315.2982
  •         Heidi Williamson, Berks County Community Foundation, Reading, Pa.: [email protected], 610.685.2223

The Met Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund reserves the right to withdraw and/or reformat this grant proposal request and/or process at its sole discretion.

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