The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has set aside $7.7 million in grants for eligible individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and school districts, to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.
Eligible alternative fuel vehicles include those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.
TCEQ Texas Clean Fleet Program grants, which are part of the Texas Emission Reductions Plan, are offered to eligible entities that own or lease a fleet of 75 or more on-road vehicles that are currently registered in Texas and intend to replace at least 20 on-road diesel vehicles. Projects must result in at least a 25 percent reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX).
Grants may be awarded for up to 80 percent of the purchase costs of the new vehicle. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with projects ranked according to the cost per ton of NOX reduced by the project.
Recipients must agree to operate the grant-funded vehicles for a defined percentage of the annual mileage in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area, Dallas-Fort Worth area, Beaumont-Port Arthur area, Tyler-Longview area, Austin area, San Antonio area, El Paso area, Corpus Christi area, or Victoria area for five years or 400,000 miles, whichever occurs earlier.
Application deadline is Oct. 3, 2014. Visit www.terpgrants.org for more information.