Alternative Fuels Grants Available for Ethanol, Biodiesel Fuels

HARRISBURG – Grants are now available to promote the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, according to Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27).

The AFIG program provides funding to cover the cost of purchasing or retrofitting vehicles that use alternative fuel sources. Eligible applicants include schools and school districts, local government agencies, transit authorities, colleges and universities and non-profit organizations.

In addition to the costs of purchasing or installing alternative fuel vehicles, grant funding is available to install fueling equipment and to cover the added cost to purchase alternative fuels. Grants may also be awarded for projects that include “next phase” technology in the production of alternative fuels.

“We get important economic and environmental benefits from the use of alternative fuels,” Sen. Gordner said. “It is almost universally recognized that we have to reduce our dependence on foreign fuel sources, and this program allows us to get closer to that goal.”

AFIG grants are also available to reimburse consumers for the cost of purchasing a full hybrid vehicle. More information and applications are available by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection Office of Energy and Technology Deployment online or at (717) 783-8411.

The deadline for DEP to receive applications is June 15.