Reading and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Governor Edward G. Rendell announced $5.1 million to support projects that will advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. The state investment, awarded under the Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program, will leverage another $8.2 million in private funds.The Energy Harvest grants provide more than $1 million to projects that include solar power, leveraging another $641,652 of private investment. In an earlier announcement, the Governor invested $6.4 million in 16 clean energy projects through the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). The projects will create permanent positions and construction jobs in the state, as well as more than $38 million in private funds. Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard ensures that 18 percent of all retail energy generated by 2020 comes from clean, efficient and advanced resources — it builds on the state’s commitment to wind production. Energy output from the projects will generate an estimated 15,710 megawatt-hours of electricity, and offer the potential to produce 115-million gallons of biofuel. This funding represents the third round of awards by PEDA; priorities include solar, distributed energy generation for critical public infrastructure and clean, alternative fuels for transportation and other technologies.