The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has distributed $3.8 million from the stimulus package to five projects that it expects will create 155 jobs and attract an additional $19 million from private sources, said the state's acting Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger in a news release.

The $3.8 million in grants will be distributed as follows:

o $1 million for the Bridge Business Center LP in Bucks County to install an advanced energy system in a 50,000-square-foot laboratory renovation that will enable it to recycle waste heat from its operations and meet its energy needs. The company is investing $1.6 million on top of the state's grant.

o $650,000 for roofing manufacturer Carlisle SynTech in Cumberland County to install a 200 KW solar system. The company aims to develop an integrated solar roofing product that can be marketed to large commercial and industrial customers, and is investing $650,000 itself in the project.

o $840,000 for Philadelphia's Sysco Food Services to construct a 190,000-square-foot expansion of its distribution center and warehouse. The PEDA funding will make the expansion greener and more energy efficient by using energy conservation measures and tools that utilize the sun's power. Sysco is matching the $840,000.

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Elaine Rundle  |  Staff Writer