McNeill welcomes $1.26 million in solar energy grants

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said three Solar Energy Program grants totaling $1.26 million today were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for projects in her legislative district. 

“These grants will help local companies generate their power and electricity needs in a way that is both feasible and environmentally friendly,” McNeill said. “By bolstering our use of alternative energy, we are easing the load on the power grid.”

A $554,272 grant was awarded to Spray-Tek Inc. to purchase and install a 481-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at its facility at 3010 Ave. B in Bethlehem. The system will generate 587,344 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, about 23 percent of the building’s consumption.

Sun Spring 2, LLC of Reading will use a $421,348 grant to purchase and install a 714-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic system at the Boscov’s Lehigh Valley Mall store. The system will generate 909,874 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which will be purchased by Boscov’s Department Store, LLC through a 25-year power purchase agreement.

A $290,036 grant was awarded to Service Tire Truck Center Inc. to purchase and install a 330-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its tire retreading store at 2255 Ave. A, Bethlehem. The system will produce 410,512 kilowatt-hours annually, offsetting 21 percent of the store’s electricity consumption.

The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the CFA.