Purchase of Nine Freightliner M2 Trucks Behind $225,000 Grant
Aqua Pennsylvania is applying a grant of $225,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to buy nine compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliner M2 dump trucks. The vehicles are being purchased through Freightliner of Philadelphia.
“Water and energy share a close relationship,” Aqua America chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis said in a release. “We recognize the importance of evaluating and reducing our environmental impact across our company.”
Aqua notes that it bought its first CNG bi-fuel pickup in 1997. The company proclaimed a “quick payback” from CNG in 2012 (F&F, June 1, 2012), and last year received a Pennsylvania DEP Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) grant of $86,812 for the purchase of 14 new CNG-fueled vans.
Aqua Fuels Too
Aqua says it’s also received two grants for approximately $70,000 for infrastructure and plans to install private CNG fueling stations at its West Chester and Willow Grove operations centers.
“To date, the company has invested $675,000 in CNG through vehicle purchases and infrastructure upgrades, including the construction of slow-fill fueling stations,” the firm says.
Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.4 million people in 31 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Source: Pennsylvania Aqua with Fleets & Fuels follow-up