The projects are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 471 metric tons.


Harrisburg, PA  — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Friday the award of two grants one in Lower Merion and another in Conshohocken.   Bucks and Philadelphia Counties also shared in the DEP grant money. The total awards of the grants were over $ 628,000. Montgomery County took nearly 80 percent of the funds awarded on Friday.

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The DEP grants went to four clean energy vehicle projects in southeastern Pennsylvania that are helping to improve air quality and public health.  

The Lower Merion School District is slotted to receive $205,604 for eight compressed natural gas (CNG) powered school buses.  Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. is set to receive $300,000 in grants for 20 propane-powered delivery vehicles. Bimbo has a large bakery on Ridge Avenue in Conshohocken.

“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.”

In Bucks County, the Centennial School District also received a grant for $48,000 for six propane-powered school buses.  Philadelphia’s AAA Club Alliance rounded out the list with a $74,995 grant for a CNG fueling station.

The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program.  The program supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.

There are approximately $6 million of 2019 grants available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses for clean energy transportation projects. You can learn more about the grants at the  AFIG website.

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, promote economic development, and enhance the quality of life.  

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program was established in 1992 under Governor Robert P. Casey.

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