APU financial incentives
www.cascadesierrasolutions.org, (866) 345-3390
Arkansas: low-interest loans
The state Department of Environmental Quality’s Business Assistance Program offers a low-interest loan program to small state-based businesses investing in any pollution-reduction/waste-control program, including idle reduction technology.
Primary contact: Liz Rusk, (501) 682-0709
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Business
Assistance Program, www.adeq.state.ar.us/poa/businessasst.htm, (888) 233-0326
California: grants, low-interest loans
California-based owner-operators selecting an APU may qualify for grant assistance through the Carl Moyer Program of financial incentives if they choose one of certain zero-emissions options, such as battery-powered devices. The grants are administered through local air quality districts. California’s small-business loan program may also be a good source of low-interest funding. The California Air Resources Board operates a one-stop hotline for truck-related information at the number below.
California Air Resources Board, www.arb.ca.gov (click “the Truck Stop” on the left), (866) 634-3735
Maine: low-interest loans
The Efficiency Maine program offers low-interest loans for up to $35,000 investment in efficiency-boosting equipment to Maine-based small businesses – the current interest rate is 1 percent. (See also Cascade Sierra Solutions’ “Great SmartWay Rebate Program.”)
Efficiency Maine, www.efficiencymaine.com, click “For Small Business” under “At Work,” (866) 376-2463
Microfinance institution Accion offers loans to small businesses in Massachusetts (see also New York) for investing in efficiency-boosting equipment like APUs. Interest rates of 8.99 percent are available for loans of up to five years.
Accion USA, www.accionusa.org, click “Small Business Loans & Resources,” (866) 245-0783
Minnesota: low-interest loans
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, through its Small Business APU Loan Program partly funded by the Midwest Clean Diesel initiative of the EPA, offers low-interest loans to state-based owner-operators and small fleets.
Primary contact: Mike Nelson, (800) 985-4247,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, www.pca.state.mn.us, search “Small Business Assistance,” (800) 657-3864
New York: loans
See Massachusetts. Accion USA also offers its loans to New York small business haulers.
North Carolina: rebates
The Division of Air Quality of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources was awarded federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to offer rebates on idle reduction equipment. As of late May, more than $250,000 was still available for rebates of up to $2,500 per APU purchase, with a limit of three per company.
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