2015 School Bus Replacement & Retrofit Rebates
In January 2011, President Obama signed the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010, reauthorizing DERA through fiscal year 2016 and allowing EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants.
EPA is now accepting applications from school bus fleet owners for rebates on school bus replacements and/or retrofits with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation. EPA has approximately $7 million available for this rebate program. Applications will be accepted from public and private fleet owners. Private fleet owners must have an existing contract with an eligible public entity, as defined in the Program Guide.
Applicants may list up to ten buses for replacements on each application. These buses must be powered by a model year 2006 or older engine. EPA will pay between $15,000 and $25,000 per bus, depending on vehicle size.
Applicants may also list up to ten buses to retrofit with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation. EPA will provide up to $3,000 per retrofitted bus.
Applicants with fleets of 101 or more buses currently in use may submit two applications.
EPA will accept applications until Friday, October 30th, 2015, at 4pm Eastern Time.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the entire Program Guide prior to submitting their application(s).
There was a webinar for applicants on October 6th. If you missed it you can view the slides here.