Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded over $727,000 in grants to four clean energy vehicle projects in northeast 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 northeast Pennsylvania are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 798 metric tons.
• LT Verrastro, Inc.: $300,000 for four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks and 11 CNG powered cargo vans.
• Hanover Township: $7,500 for an electric vehicle.
• Penske Truck Leasing Company: $120,000 for three heavy-duty CNG powered vehicles.
• East Stroudsburg Area School District: $300,000 for 49 propane powered school buses as the school district works to convert its entire fleet.
Approximately $6 million is currently 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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