State DEP Awards $1.9 Million in Alternative Fuel Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $1.9 million to Pennsylvania schools and businesses for projects using alternative fuels and infrastructure, including propane and natural gas.

As reported, the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) awards grants for projects to improve air quality through alternative fuel use.

“The buses, cars and trucks purchased and rebuilt with these grants will reduce air pollution and improve the air we breathe,” says Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “One project, for the East Stroudsburg School District, will save the district nearly 125,000 gallons of gasoline every year. These types of projects pay economic and environmental dividends for communities and Pennsylvania at large, and I am very pleased to be able to award these grants.”

The recent AFIG awards were granted in the vehicle purchase/retrofit and refueling infrastructure categories and are expected to save approximately 1.2 million gallons of gasoline.

East Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain, and Hatboro-Horsham School Districts will all receive grants to convert some of their bus fleet to run on propane. East Stroudsburg was also awarded a grant for a refueling station for the buses and other municipal vehicles.

In addition to the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants just awarded, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative energy vehicle fleet.

Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1.

Click here for a full list of awardees.

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