It had to happen sooner or later. Given the natural gas industry's explosive growth in Pennsylvania, the state's Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program will provide an estimated $10 million to help companies and organizations purchase or convert compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas or bi-fuel vehicles.
The $10 million from the state's AFIG program is aimed at light- and medium-duty natural gas vehicles (less than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight), as well as electric and propane vehicles in any weight class.
Alternative fuel vehicles eligible for the rebates must be new vehicles. Rebates vary, from $1,000 for an NGV or propane vehicle to $3,000 for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with a system capacity equal to or exceeding 10 kWh. Applications will also be accepted for innovation in alternative fuel transportation, including non-road vehicles.
Act 13 of 2012 authorized Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Natural Gas Energy Development program to distribute up to $20 million in grants over three years to help pay for purchase and conversion costs of natural gas fleet vehicles. In it's first round, $5 million was reserved for local transportation organizations, as obligated by the Act. DEP received applications from 49 applicants requesting nearly $13 million in grants.
An $10 million now being offered on competitive bid will be available in August, with 50% slated for local transportation organizations. The third and final grant round is slated to open in 2014.
Grant requests cannot exceed 50% of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.
Applications for the AFIG program will be accepted beginning on May 25. Catch more details here.