With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Pennsylvania is building lasting assets. Recovery Act awards are helping to pave roads and fix bridges, fund clean water projects, strengthen a public education system that continues to produce academic gains for students, and improve our state's environment and energy efficiency. The Recovery Act is also helping those most in need through extended unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care. In the process, Pennsylvania is creating tens of thousands of jobs. For more detailed information about projects in your county, follow the corresponding project link below. In instances where projects impact more than one county, the project and funding amount may appear in other county summaries. Many other projects in the county are funded by Recovery Act dollars distributed directly from federal agencies. Information on those projects is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.
The project will consist of the replacement of the 69 watt and 150 watt incandescent lamps in the traffic signals at 15 intersections located in the Township with LED lamps that only require 5 to 22 watts. The project will dramatically reduce the Township's energy consumption and electric costs for traffic lights by 90%.
West Chester Borough will upgrade the existing high pressure sodium lighting fixtures in the Bicentennial Parking Garage with energy efficient LED light fixtures. The existing fixtures utilize 247,033 kWh per year while the proposed fixtures, including integral controls allowing step down lighting levels, will use 37,707 kWh less than the existing lighting fixtures, an approximate 55% lighting energy use reduction. In analysis of existing utility bills, the reduced energy use translates into $20,656 of savings, or a 27.3% reduction from the Borough's current total utility bills for this facility. The upgrade will result in 27.3% total energy savings for the Borough. The project will ensure the creation of at least one new job. The upgrade will serve as a pilot program for the borough and if successful, similar energy efficiency upgrades will be made at the other borough owned parking garages. The lighting upgrade will save the Borough an additional $5,748 in maintenance costs.
This funding will allow CCHS to complete the 3rd and final phase of a failed (1978) HVAC system replacement critical to preserve the exhibits and 30,000+ objects of national, regional and local significance located in Horticultural Hall built in 1848. In spring 2009 the project began as funding became available.
The Longwood Gardens Solar Project is a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system that will be at least 1/0 MW DC in size. The project is part of a larger plan which includes energy efficiency and conservation. It will generate roughly 1.2 million kWh of electricity in its first year, offsetting approx 20% of the electricity use at Longwood Gardens. The project will be in the public eye, as the gardens attract apprx 800,000 visitors annually. The project will be finalized through a Power Purchase Agreement between a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, Inc (a project company specifically created to own this solar energy facility) and Longwood Gardens Inc.
A 1.040 megawatt solar energy farm will be constructed on 4.5 acres open field at Aqua Pennsylvania's Inc. Ingram's Mill Water Treatment Plant in East Bradford, PA. This project will offset about 40% of the plants energy usage. Aqua PA is one of the largest electric consumers in the PECO service territory
The approx 1.2 MWp solar PV energy system will be designed and built on Longwood Gardens property and financed through a power purchase agreement between Longwood Gardens and Ecogy Pennsylvania Systems, LLC. The system will generate approx. 1.467M kWh/yr 1. One 600 kW array will be located on the grass field and the other array will be on an agricultural field. The PV modules will be attached to a fixed ground mount racking system with vertical driven posts. The inverters, switch gear and transformer will be located at the sount central portion of the site near the exisiting PECO aerial distribution.
Phase two of the Devereux Kanner Center's Dignified Living Environment capital improvements plan. The project is driven by the safety and programming considerations for the children with intellectual disabilities who are with us now and for those we anticipate serving in the future. Phase one, which launched the Campaign for Devereux Pennsylvania, built three new residential buildings completed in Spring 2008. They replaced residential facilities which were beyond repair and not conducive to client management. In Phase two, the current phase, Devereux Kanner will be addressing additional residential needs by retrofitting existing buildings to create more energy efficient, home_like environments that are able to withstand the wear and tear of our highly aggressive and destructive population.
London Grove Township intends to install a geothermal HVAC system in the Township building through a PA Conservation Works! Grant. A Green Initiatives program was established during the summer of 2007, which took a holistic approach promoting sustainable practices throughout the Township. As a part of this program, an energy audit was performed on the Township Building. The recommended replacement of the current HVAC system with geothermal has not occurred due to costs. The grant will allow the installation of a geothermal system replacing our current HVAC and reduce the building's energy consumption by at least 25%. Energy modeling of the building estimates electric use will reduced by 20,000 kWh, and use of natural gas will be eliminated for a the total reduction in energy of 350 million BTUs per year. For the HVAC system, it is a reduction of about 75% for the Township building, saving 59% or $6500 in energy costs each year. This project will retain 2 jobs and create 2 in PA.
SECCRA Power produces green, renewable energy through the combustion of methane. Methane is a component of landfill gas, and is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of solid waste in a landfill. Currently, SECCRA Power is producing 1.8 megawatts of electricity. The addition of an additional generator ensures that the maximum amount of methane is being converted into electricity. The additional generator will provide an additional 1.6 megawatts. In total, more than 2,000 homes will be powered by this renewable, green power source.
The project provides financial assistance to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Funds will be used for activities to address the jurisdiction’s homelessness needs such as: financial assistance with rental payments; security deposits; utility payments or deposits; arrearages; moving costs; and, motel/hotel vouchers.
Construct six riparian buffers consisting of 17,260 linear feet; eleven rain gardens; two stream bank restorations consisting of 2,300 lineal feet; two dirt and gravel roads; eleven agriculture Best Management Practices; and two stormwater basin retrofits; totaling 34 Best Management Practices.
The project will provide employment training and placement along with financial literacy training leading to participants opening Individual Accounts/Family Savings Accounts. It will provide for emergency fuel or utility assistance and training leading to professional certifications (including Commercial Drivers' License and Labor and Industry Weatherization certification) necessary for employment. Other activities include working with the Chester County Food Bank to developing a program targeted to the Latino population as part of a nutritional/acculturation effort.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
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The Recovery Act will help low income individuals and families with a 13.69% increase in the maximum Food Stamp (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) benefit. It also suspends the 3 month limit on assistance for many unemployed childless adults.
Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance.
Health Insurance for Unemployed
The Recovery Act will help make health care available to individuals who are involuntarily separated from their jobs. A COBRA subsidy will pay 65 percent of the monthly premium for individuals earning less than $145,000 and couples earning less than $290,000.
Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a $400 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. Married couples filing jointly and earning up to $150,000 will receive a $800 tax credit.
The Recovery Act will help these Pennsylvanians with a $25 per week increase in unemployment benefits through the rest of the year. It also provides additional weeks of benefits.
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.