$10 Million for the First Year, Applications Due February 1
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has kicked off a three-year, $20 million program to purchase or convert heavy duty fleet vehicles to natural gas. Compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and both dual fuel and bi-fuel vehicles are eligible, provided they weigh at least 14,000 pounds.
Penn DEP is making $10 million available in the first year of the program, $7.5 million in fiscal year 2013-2014, and $2.5 million in fiscal 2014-1015.
“Our grant program will provide funding for local governments, schools and businesses to land lower operational costs, lessen dependency on foreign oil and clean the air all at the same time,” DEP secretary Mike Krancer said in a release.
At Least Five Vehicles – But Partnering Encouraged
The Pennsylvania grants will cover up to half of the incremental cost of a new CNG or LNG vehicle or the cost of a retrofit, and are capped at $25,000 per eligible vehicle. The money may not be applied to fueling stations.
Eligible applicants must “plan to convert five or more eligible vehicles that will be financially viable within four years,” states a program fact sheet.
However, “We’re encouraging those with fewer than five vehicles to consider joining forces and aggregate under one application in order to meet the minimum requirement,” DEP spokeswoman Lynda Rebarchak told F&F.
Half of the first year’s money is set aside for local transportation organizations, including non-profit agencies providing public transportation services and public transportation, port and redevelopment authorities.
Applications for the first year of the Pennsylvania program are due February 1, and awards will be made in late March, the agency says.
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Source: Pennsylvania DEP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up