Yaw Announces Funding for Clean, Energy Efficient Projects

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved Alternative and Clean Energy Program funding for two projects in Bradford and Union Counties, according to state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).

As part of the current round of funding initiatives, $3,589,139 has been authorized for the Robert Packer Hospital located in Sayre Borough and the Lewisburg Area School District located in Lewisburg Borough.

“The investments made today will go a long way in helping the hospital and school district modernize facilities, reduce costs and be more environmentally friendly,” Yaw said. “I applaud the applicants on receiving these important state investments.”

The CFA awarded a $1,589,139 Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grant to the Robert Packer Hospital for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system. The hospital plans to reduce energy costs by installing a 2.0 MW combined heat and power (CHP) system to benefit the facility’s electrical and hot water needs. The system will be fueled by natural gas and will offset 52% of the sites electricity requirements. It will also offset 67,400 MMBtu’s of natural gas consumed for heating water by producing more than half of the hospital’s hot water requirements. The total project cost is $8,396,360, with $6,807,221 in matching funds provided by the hospital.

Further, a $2,000,000 Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grant has been awarded to the Lewisburg Area School District for the construction of a high performance building located in Kelly Township. The school district is planning to replace the existing aging 167,360 sq. ft. high school with a new 181,575 sq. ft. high school, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The project will include a high-efficiency condensing boiler, a 141 kW solar array, energy efficient lighting and a thermal envelope. In addition, new low-flow water fixtures will save the district 42% of the annual water usage at the building. The total project cost is $31,017,732, with $29,017,732 in matching funds provided by the school district.

The Alternative and Clean Energy program and the Renewable Energy program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds for alternative, clean and renewable energy projects in the commonwealth. The programs are administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

For more information about the Alternative and Clean Energy Program and other CFA programs, visit www.newPA.com


Rita Zielonis
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