Thursday, July 28, 2016

PennTAP: Free Energy Audits For Small, Mid-Size Manufacturers In PA

Is your company interested in saving money through pollution prevention strategies and energy efficiency assessments?
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program-- PennTAP-- technical advisors and Penn State students will spend a day at your facility to examine manufacturing operations to identify opportunities to save energy and reduce waste and operating costs.
This service is offered to you at no cost through U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funding, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Protection.
PennTAP technical advisors and Penn State engineering students will perform one-on-one pollution prevention and energy efficiency on-site visits, provide recommendations for improvements in energy utilization and waste reduction, prepare and deliver site assessment reports, and provide assistance completing grant applications for project implementation.
PennTAP can add a fresh set of eyes to work for you and your company to increase efficiency and reduce overhead costs which can help retain existing jobs or lead to job creation.
For a free energy assessment, contact PennTAP at 814-865-0427 or send email to:
For more information on other programs, services and other upcoming events, visit the PA Technical Assistance Program website, call 814-865-0427 or send email to:   Click Here to sign up for updates from PennTAP.
Energy Success Story: Palcon, LLC
Palcon has been manufacturing and supplying wooden pallets, skids, and shipping crates to markets in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey for more than 40 years.
Two PennTAP technical advisors and one Department of Environmental Protection Regional Energy Manager visited the facility to observe operations, collect the facility's energy use data, and look for energy savings opportunities.
PennTAP determined that by replacing the current lighting system with newer, more efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and by repairing the leaks in compressed air lines, the electric energy savings could be 39,921 kWh per year.
To date, Palcon has reduced its electric power consumption, resulting in a cost savings of $20,000 per year. They also received a Department of Environmental Protection's Small Business Advantage Grant in the amount of $5,000 to upgrade their lighting.  [Note: Applications for these grants are now being accepted by DEP.]
SBDC Environmental Management Assistance
The PA Small Business Development Centers also offer an Environmental Management Assistance Program (eMAP) that provides small businesses with help to reduce energy and environmental compliance costs.
For more information, visit the SBDC eMap website, call 877-ASK-EMAP or or Click Here to contact eMAP for confidential assistance.

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