Appalachian Power Announces $ 2.1M Grants to School Systems | News from local businesses

A program administered by Appalachian Power has awarded $ 2.1 million in grants to five school systems in Virginia, including three in the Lynchburg area, for the purchase of nine energy-efficient buses, the utility said on Tuesday.

“Schools in Amherst County, Campbell, Montgomery and Washington each received grants for the purchase of two electric buses. County Bedford has received funds to help purchase an electrically powered bus, ”APCo said in a press release.

Schools were eligible to receive $ 250,000 per bus plus $ 4,175 for charging equipment and installation. To be eligible, each school system had to agree to deactivate or scrapped a conventional diesel bus and replace it with a new electric model, APCo said.

“Electric school buses are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional diesel buses, and we are honored to partner with our communities on this project,” said Chris Beam, president and chief operating officer of ‘Appalachian Power, in the release.

APCo said electric school buses reduce children’s exposure to harmful fumes and particles, are quieter, and are less expensive to run and maintain.

The grant program is part of a settlement agreement between APCo’s parent company, American Electric Power, and the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Air Act.