DEQ Awards $30 Million for Clean School Bus Replacements

From the N.C. Volkswagen Settlement Program, $30.1 million will be distributed by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to fund 161 new school buses across the state, with the majority of the funding going toward new all-electric school buses. Some of the dirtiest diesel buses in the state, over 30 years old emitting more than 20 times the nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter of today’s clean buses, will be replaced by low- or zero-emission school buses. 

More than $16.5 million will fund 43 electric school buses and associated charging infrastructure, providing a 100% reduction in diesel emissions and greenhouse gases for these projects. Grant recipients span across 84 counties and include public schools, charter schools, and a tribal school. 130 of the buses will be placed in rural counties, 80 of which were awarded to schools in the 37 historically under-resourced counties that DEQ targeted for additional outreach and support during the application process.

Learn more about other funding programs and the full list of awarded projects on the DEQ website. 

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VW Settlement First Funding Awards Announced

Of the $68 million available to North Carolina in Phase 2 of the NC Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement Program, $225,000 in rebates has been announced. This funding is the first to be awarded. Additional rebates are still available to qualifying applicants.

Rebates announced will help fund 59 new Level 2 charging ports at 23 sites across the state. The DEQ is awarding Level 2 Public Access rebates to qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the full $1,070,877 is allocated for this program. Local government agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses are all eligible to apply. 

Currently, funds are still available and applications are still open. View the webpage here for more information.

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Workplace Level 2 EV Chargers RFP Now Open for VW Funds

The NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Level 2 Workplace Program rebates under Phase 2 of the VW Settlement. The RFP details how employers can apply for the $489,544 available to fund the installation of light-duty zero-emission (ZEV) Level 2 charging stations for their employee or fleet vehicles. 

The application will open in the DAQ Grants Management System on July 25, 2022, while a PDF version of the  application is now available on the program webpage for applicants to prepare all required materials in preparation for the online application. Applicants are encouraged to register for access to the Grants Management System prior to July 25. 

Eligible applicants include local and federal government agencies and nonprofits or private employers with at least 5 or more year-round and full-time employees or with at least one electric vehicle in their organization’s fleet. Rebates will reimburse workplaces up to 60% of the cost to install new Level 2  chargers for a maximum rebate of $25,000. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis to qualifying applicants until funds are exhausted.

A webinar will be held on June 20, 2022 to review the Grants Management System and an informational webinar will be held on June 27, 2022 to discuss the Level 2 Workplace Program RFP. Information regarding applications, eligibility and registration for webinars can be found here

With additional questions please contact daq.NC_VWGrants@ncdenr.gov

The Level 2 Workplace Program is the final funding program of Phase 2 of the VW Settlement. 

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