The 'Clean School Bus Rebate Program' will provide school districts with funds to purchase electric buses stems from the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The window to apply closes on August 19. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators: Make sure your district is on board!
Dory Larsen | July 21, 2022 | Clean Transportation, Electric Vehicles, Utilities
Whether you’re a parent, teacher, administrator, or neighbor, make sure your school district catches the electric school bus! If you work at a utility or a school, you might have heard about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program by now. As part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill (IIJA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overseeing $5 billion in new spending for clean school buses with money available over the next five years.
Recently, SACE partnered with the EPA to host a webinar on July 7 explaining the application process and the importance of school districts partnering with your local electricity provider. We had dozens of school districts and utility providers across the Southeast participate and are encouraged that many plan to submit applications. With such a robust amount of funding available, we encourage districts who haven’t started the application process to apply and for parents, teachers, students, and neighbors alike to contact school administrators soon, so their local schools can apply for funding that will lead to cleaner air and healthier bus rides for students and drivers!
On the webinar, Dale Aspy an Environmental Engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency Division 4, provided an overview of the funding and application process. Additionally, Westy Westmoreland, the Director of Electrification with Dominion Energy South Carolina, disseminated information on the bus charging infrastructure itself as well as the need for school districts to partner with their energy provider early in the application process.
A unique aspect of the program is the EPA has identified “Prioritized School Districts” that have a higher funding opportunity for the buses and charging infrastructure with up to $375,000 in funding per bus and $20,000 for the charging infrastructure.
If you have any questions about the program or the resources, feel free to reach out directly to Dory Larsen.
Electrify the South is a Southern Alliance for Clean Energy program that leverages research, advocacy, and outreach to promote renewable energy and accelerate the equitable transition to electric transportation throughout the Southeast. Visit ElectrifytheSouth.org to learn more and connect with us.
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