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Central Pa. CNG developments among recipients of $13.5M in state funding

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The state's Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved funding for publicly accessible compressed-natural-gas fueling as well as school buildings and a waste-to-energy facility in and around the midstate as part of about $13.5 million in grants and loans announced Tuesday.

Five of the 13 projects approved for funding under the state Alternative and Clean Energy Program support availability of compressed-natural-gas fueling for vehicles, according to Gov. Tom Corbett’s office.

Two of the fueling stations will be at an existing Hamilton Township gasoline and diesel station in Adams County with a $436,267 grant and a to-be-developed station in Chambersburg, Franklin County, with a $645,000 grant, according to the news release.

The funding approvals also include school district building projects in Dauphin, Lancaster and Perry counties.

The $4.5 million total will help reduce the energy consumption of new or renovated buildings within the Halifax Area, Manheim Central and Newport school districts, the release stated.

In Lancaster County, Green Harvest Augsburger will get a $2 million loan for an advanced anaerobic digester and gasification project generating electricity from manure, municipal biosolids and waste coal, according to the news release.

The $5.5 million West Cocalico Township project will produce more than 22,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year, the release stated.

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