Green Operations

Considering Alternative Fuels? Funding Help Is Available

July 2008, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Daryl Lubinsky

As someone who oversees business vehicles, you're most likely considering alternatives to gasoline or diesel to cut your fuel costs, help the environment and contribute toward reducing the country's reliance on foreign oil.

You might also have heard about government financial incentive programs that assist businesses in converting fleets to alternative fuels. Did you know that many of these programs are not only for public sector fleets, but for any business? Perhaps you haven't begun your homework because you don't know how to get started.

Funding is available; you just have to know where to look, how to apply and who can help you in the process.

CleanFUEL USA is a manufacturer of alternative fuel dispensing equipment for propane and E85 and a distributor of engine fuel systems and fleet management network services. The company also helps fleets of any size apply for financial incentive grants available for companies that want to move in the direction of alternative fuels.

Navigating the Funding Maze

"After 15 years in this business we've got our fingers out there on various funding opportunities,"says CleanFUEL USA CEO Curtis Donaldson. 

Donaldson cites the case of the Blue Skyways Clean School Bus Program, which has different application deadlines for each region. CleanFUEL consolidated the information into layman's terms on a one-page sheet, which was sent to all Blue Bird bus dealerships. The dealership then notifies its customers of the funding opportunity.

For a fee, CleanFUEL USA will help companies fill out the often-cumbersome paperwork involved with applying for that funding. Donaldson says the company recently filled out a 59-page document for a school district.

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