The Indiana Office of Energy Development has awarded more than $140,000 in grants to six school corporations throughout the state. The awards will fund the purchase of new propane school buses through the OED’s 2016 Indiana Propane School Bus program.
The grants were awarded to school corporations that commit to purchasing at least two new buses and also have access to propane fueling infrastructure. The OED says propane buses benefit the recipients by decreasing students’ exposure to harmful particulate matter, lowering maintenance costs and increasing fuel diversity.
The recipients include:
- Avon Community School Corporation (20 buses)
- DeKalb County Central United School District (5 buses)
- Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (9 buses)
- Southwest Allen County School (4 buses)
- Tippecanoe School Corporation (11 buses)
- West Noble School Corporation (2 buses)
The recipients will track data such as miles driven, fuel usage and cost savings for one year after they begin using the new buses. Those reports will be presented to the OED quarterly from January 2017 through spring 2018.
In January, the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indianapolis unveiled 11 new propane school buses which, at the time, was the largest deployment of propane buses in the state.