On behalf of Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess reminded businesses and community organizations that the deadline to apply for pollution prevention and energy efficiency grants through the new Pennsylvania Environmental and Energy Challenge (PEEC) grant program is Wednesday, July 3.HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – June 28, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “The PEEC grant program will fund innovative technology and approaches, such as fuel cells for electricity generation, small wind turbines and unique green-building designs, so we encourage everyone with good projects to apply,” Hess said. “We will accept all applications postmarked by midnight July 3, so there is still time to submit an application.” DEP staff will accept applications dropped off at the curb outside the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, on Wednesday. Curbside assistance will be provided from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. PEEC is a new grant program providing funds to address pollution prevention, pollution reduction and energy efficiency. Projects that can provide a match for funding and can demonstrate the ability to partner or leverage other existing activities will also be preferred. For the first year, DEP expects to invest more than US$1.5 million in a variety of projects, including sustainable use of natural resources, toxics reduction in the environment, enhancement of biological diversity, climate- change mitigation, and ground-level ozone mitigation. Eligible applicants for the PEEC program include incorporated for-profit business entities, counties and municipalities, county conservation districts, incorporated 501(c) non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, school districts, or any other organization with an eligible sponsor.