APU financial incentives

Todd Dills | September 01, 2010

Primary contact: Heather Hildebrandt, heather.hildebrandt@ncdenr.gov, (919) 733-1498

NCDENR, Division of Air Quality, www.ncair.org, click “Motor Vehicles,” then “Idle Reduction,” (919) 733-3340

Oregon: low-interest loans

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency in Eugene, Ore., received EPA funding and loan money from the Oregon Department of Energy to conduct its Everybody Wins demonstration project to assist a small number of truckers in the I-5 corridor in buying APUs. Phase II of the project planned to outfit 250 trucks operating primarily within Oregon.

LRAPA, www.lrapa.org, click Projects and Programs, then Everybody Wins, (541) 736-1056

Pennsylvania: low-interest loans, grants

The Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has provided low-interest loans of up to 75 percent of the cost of waste, pollution or energy use reduction projects. Interest rates of 2 percent for up to 10 years apply. The DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant program also awards up to $7,500 in grants toward funding up to 50 percent of an applicant’s project, including truck APUs. DEP says the program may reopen this year.

Primary contact (Advantage grants): David Barnes, (717) 772-5160, http://www.epadvantagegrant@state.pa.us; (PPAA loans): Gene Delvecchio, gdelvecchi@state.pa.us,

(717) 783-8411; Pennsylvania DEP Office of Energy and Technology Development, www.depweb.state.pa.us, click “Energy,” then “Small Business Ombudsman’s Office,” (717) 783-0909

Tennessee: rebates

Tennessee’s Idle Smart Clean Diesel rebate program covers up to 50 percent of the cost of idle-reduction technologies. It’s available to Tennessee-based fleets and owner-operators, and has been extended through March 30. After that date, the program will continue for owner-operators and very small fleets.

Primary contact: Jimmy Calcagno, (865) 974-7723; Department of Environment and Conservation, www.tn.gov/environment/recovery, click “Diesel Emissions Reduction,” (615) 532-0779

Texas: rebates, grants

The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, offers financial incentives, including rebates and grants, to help businesses buy emissions-reducing equipment. Application deadlines for grants have passed but more may open. The North Central Texas Council of Governments often offers grants for fleet and owner-operator upgrades.

NCTCOG, www.nctcog.org/aqfunding, (817) 640-3300

TERP, www.tceq.state.tx.us, click “Air,” then scroll down to topics under “Pollution Prevention and Reduction,”

  • Albert Paul Wimberley Jr.

    Would like to find out more about financial aid, with apu unit for my lease purchase commercial truck? thx

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    Albert, depending on what state you’re in, opportunities will vary. A lot of the big federally funded programs that were ongoing when this story appeared have fallen by the wayside with expiration of federal funding. That said, your state (typically via the environmental service department) may still have a program of incentives. Being in touch with them directly is probably your best bet to finding current information. What state are you in?

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