Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded over $1 million in grants for nine clean energy vehicle projects in southwest Pennsylvania that will help improve air quality and public health.
“Every alternative-fuel vehicle that replaces a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle not only saves owners money but moves Pennsylvania a bit closer toward a cleaner, healthier environment,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing emissions is essential to slowing climate change and its negative health and safety, economic, and environmental impacts on our communities.”
The funding, which comes from the commonwealth’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program, supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.
The projects in southwest Pennsylvania are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,745 metric tons.
• City of Pittsburgh: $135,160 to add eight two-plug electric vehicle charging stations to a city fleet lot and $67,500 for nine electric vehicles for the fleet.
• Scoobi, Inc.: $150,000 for 150 electric scooters for a rideshare fleet.
• UPMC: $61,950 for six compressed natural gas powered buses to replace diesel buses in the UPMC Employee Transit program.
• McCandless Township Sanitary Authority: $31,200 for five propane/gasoline bi-fuel vehicles.
• Lego-V: $352,800 for an innovative technology project to build a virtual pipeline system to transport renewable compressed natural gas to markets in Pennsylvania.
• Classy Cab Company: $67,500 for nine electric vehicles.
• DMJ Transportation: $151,555 for 17 liquid propane gas powered school buses to service the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.
• Note to Health, LLC: $4,729 for a plug-in hybrid for a touring nutrition education program.
More AFIG grant applications are invited. Starting April 26, approximately $6 million is available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses for clean energy transportation projects. All interested may learn more at the AFIG website
and apply at eGrants
The AFIG program supports markets for advanced, renewable, and alternative energy transportation technologies to stimulate opportunities that will better manage Pennsylvania's fuel resources to improve the environment, support economic development, and enhance quality of life.
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