The security of Pennsylvania depends in part on becoming “energy independent” said Gov. Mark Schweiker while announcing funds awarded to Renewable Energy and energy efficiency projects across the state…Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – October 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The security of Pennsylvania depends in part on becoming “energy independent” said Gov. Mark Schweiker while announcing funds awarded to Renewable Energy and energy efficiency projects across the state. “Today, we’re setting the agenda,” Schweiker said at the annual Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency Forum. “We can change lifestyles. We can create new technologies. And as a result, we can make our state and our nation more independent and more secure.” Schweiker also announced the recipients of the new Pennsylvania Environmental and Energy Challenge (PEEC) grant program. “In order to keep the momentum we started today, I’m pleased to announce that 27 projects will receive a total of US$1.7 million in grants,” he Schweiker said. “These projects are going to use this state funding to build new innovations that will change the way we live.” More than 150 participants attended panel discussions on the economic and security benefits of distributed generation, energy security, energy security and community preparedness, and security provided by energy efficiency and renewable resources. Winning projects covered topics as diverse as using water from coalmine discharges to power hydroelectric generating units, to using green-building techniques in the construction of low-income townhouses, to installing variable-speed pumps on milking machines on dairy farms. The projects had assembled matching funds of US$9.2 million. Total cost of all the projects combined is more than US$12 million. Some of the winning projects are: – Plug Power Inc. – US$93,400 for PEM fuel cell demonstration in Pennsylvania facilities. – Borough of Berlin – US$40,000 for a proposed purchase, installation and operation of at least three 1.5 MW wind turbines. – Radnor Township School District – US$6,307 to install photovoltaic panels at the Radnor Elementary School. – Advantek International LLC — US$125,000 for the design and construction of an advanced wind turbine test center. – Norris Square Civic Association – US$10,575 to install two donated 2 kW photovoltaic systems on a childcare center in a low-income community. – Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania – US$50,000 to stimulate the demand supply chain for an additional 1,000 MW capacity of clean energy.