Pennsylvania allocates nearly $2 million for clean energy vehicle projects

Tom Wolf’s administration has awarded about $1,890,000 in grants for 12 clean energy vehicle projects in Pennsylvania that will help improve air quality and public health in the state. Funded through Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) programme, the projects are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,835 metric tonnes.

The AFIG programme supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner vehicles powered by alternative fuels, including Autogas, natural gas, hybrids and electrics, as well as installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.

“Replacing gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles with lower-emissions alternative fuel vehicles will make Pennsylvania’s communities and environment healthier,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It helps slow the increasingly urgent impacts of climate change we’re seeing, and saves owners money on fuel costs.”

Some of the grants were awarded to:

  • Pennsbury School District: $68,000 to convert eight old diesel school buses to Autogas school buses for use in Bucks County.
  • Tri-County Transit Service, Inc.: $49,769 to support construction of a new LPG fuelling station in Montgomery County.
  • Hatboro-Horsham School District: $25,000 for three new Autogas school buses for use in Montgomery County.
  • Progas Inc.: $5,800 to replace a gasoline vehicle with an Autogas vehicle to increase their LPG-powered fleet and train six technicians to do Autogas conversions and repairs at their site in Butler County.

School districts, municipalities, non-profit organisations, and businesses are eligible to apply for AFIG grants. The deadline to apply is December 13. For more information, please check this link.

4 December 2019