Nopetro, a Florida based compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure provider, has been issued a ‘Notice of Intent to Award’ a contract by St. Johns County for the provision of CNG infrastructure and related services. Once approved by the County Commission, the agreement will lead to the construction of a turn-key CNG fueling station, along with the conversion of select vehicles from the county’s fleet, and royalties from marketing to third party customers.
Nopetro would deliver the turn-key CNG solution, inclusive of absorbing all costs related to construction of the facility. Nopetro’s model in St. Johns County would mimic the successful implementation of a similar agreement with Leon County. In addition to fueling select elements of St. Johns’ vehicles, Nopetro’s station would also be available to serve private commercial fleets and the public at-large. In Leon County, Nopetro’s facility has far-exceeded expectations, with usage 300 percent greater than initial projections.
“It would be our privilege to empower St. Johns County and work to convert its fleet, so that local government can reap the full financial and environmental benefits of compressed natural gas,” said Jorge Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Nopetro. “Nopetro’s innovative approach would make the County’s transition to CNG vehicles seamless, resulting in fleets that are cleaner, quieter, environmentally friendly, and far more cost-effective to operate.”
Nopetro would cover the cost of building and operating the CNG fueling infrastructure at the Public Works facility at State Road 16 and Industry Drive. In addition to the $750,000 slated to be provided by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization to catalyze St. Johns’ CNG transition, the County would also be eligible for a $250,000 per year grant from Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Energy.
Outside St. Johns County, other cities, counties and school districts are following suit. Nopetro is also working to finalize CNG P3 agreements with Charlotte County Public Schools and Osceola County, to complement its existing CNG refueling facility in Leon County, and growing network throughout the Southeast.