The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded $510,000 in grants for three clean energy vehicle projects in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the agency announced Wednesday.
The money comes from the state’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants program and will be used to help replace 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.
“Replacing gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles with lower-emissions alternative fuel vehicles will make Pennsylvania’s communities and environment healthier,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The projects in southwestern Pennsylvania are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 131 metric tons, DEP said. That is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions for about 28 regular gas vehicles, according to government figures.
Receiving grants around the region are:
School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and businesses are eligible to apply for AFIG grants. Approximately $3 million remains available in 2019. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The next grant availability is expected to open in the spring.
In April, DEP awarded more than $1 million for nine clean energy projects in the region, including $151,555 to DMJ Transportation to buy 17 liquid propane gas-powered school buses to service the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.