Through grants and investments, the Metropolitan Edison/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund promotes the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies, energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable energy businesses, and projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories.
In 2000, the Community Foundation received $6.8 million to establish the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund as the result of the deregulation and subsequent settlement agreements by Pennsylvania Electric Utilities. At the same time, the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund was established and is managed by Berks County Community Foundation. The two funds, which share an advisory committee and are commonly referred to in the singular as the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, marked their 20th anniversary in 2020. Since inception, the Met-Ed / Penelec SEF has approved 245 grants totaling $5,069,852; 50 loans totaling $25,043,724; and 3 equity investments totaling $1,600,000.
Applications are now available for grants from the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund through two distinct funding opportunities totaling $470,000 for projects in Pennsylvania.
The funding opportunities:
- A grant of up to $240,000 to support an applied research and development project in the areas served by the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies.
- A grant of up to $230,000 to support the construction of a green, sustainable, and/or natural building or the renovation of an existing building using these energy efficiency principles in the areas served by Met-Ed and Penelec.
Applications for each grant opportunity are due October 15, 2021.
Click here for more information about the Met-Ed /Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, details and eligibility requirements for these grant opportunities, and links to the grant applications.