The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is collecting applications for the 2013 Construction Equipment Funding Opportunity, a pilot rebate program for non-road engines. EPA currently has $2 million in available funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners repower or retrofit older diesel construction engines to reduce their exhaust emissions.
Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include private construction companies that operate non-road construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity. (Note: The eligibility requirement to have a direct contract with a public entity is a DERA statutory requirement that EPA is unable to alter.) Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality (see list of counties).
Eligible applicants who meet the location requirement may apply to install Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) on Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines, or they may apply to replace unregulated or Tier 1 engines with Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines. Applicants may submit one application that includes up to five engines. These five engines can be any combination of the technology options for a total maximum of $120,000 in rebate funding per applicant.
EPA will collect applications through Jan. 15, 2014. You can download an application form from EPA’s website. Email your completed application and required documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “DERA Construction Equipment Rebate Application.” Of the eligible applications, EPA will randomly select applications for funding using a random lottery system. EPA anticipates awarding the rebates in February 2014.