MPCA seeks northern MN schools for electric school bus pilot

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for two northern Minnesota schools to participate in their pilot electric bus program.

According to a release, funding for six electric buses throughout the state will be provided through the Volkswagon settlement.

“Replacing one diesel bus with an electric model can reduce GHG emissions by at least 29 tons, or the equivalent of removing six passenger vehicles from Minnesota roads,” said the release.

Currently, there is one electric school bus in Minnesota, serving the Lakeville Public School District.

Successful applicants will be granted $275,000, or 75 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less, and includes both the vehicle and the charging station.

Applications are due in mid October, more information is available on the MPCA website.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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