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Shorepower re-opens idle reduction rebates to truck operators

"We first offered idle reduction equipment rebates last year and due to popular demand could not fund all of the requested rebates," said David Orton, communications manager for Cascade Sierra Solutions. "This year, additional funds for a new round of rebates became available after rebates approved last year were not redeemed.” Above is a truck using a shorepower plug-in system. (Courtesy: CASCADE SIERRA SOLUTIONS)

The Trucker News Services

2/25/2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP) re-opened a limited number of idle reduction equipment rebates for approved diesel-powered APUs, battery-powered HVAC systems and evaporative cooler systems with electric standby or shore power capability.

"We first offered idle reduction equipment rebates last year and due to popular demand could not fund all of the requested rebates," said David Orton, communications manager for Cascade Sierra Solutions.  "This year, additional funds for a new round of rebates became available after rebates approved last year were not redeemed.”

Orton estimates that CSS has enough funds to pay about 400 to 500 more rebates. STEP is also providing more than 1,000 plug-in connection kits that bring electrical power from a weather-proof power connection on the outside of the tractor to a GFCI protected outlet in the sleeper compartment.

The kits are provided on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge when recipients provide a brief owner/vehicle profile for grant records. The recipient is responsible for installation costs. Two kit types are available with the STEP project. A one-page flyer describing the kits can be downloaded online using this URL: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102118090374-330/Fleet+Plug-In+Connector+Kits+Flyer-RevB.pdf

“Those using APUs or battery systems with shore power capability have the best of both worlds — self contained power when they need it, and plug in power to the grid when it’s available at truck stops, terminals, and rest areas," Orton said.

The rebates are for 20 percent of the installed equipment cost, up to a maximum of $1,600 per unit for APUs and battery-powered HVAC systems, according to Orton.  The maximum rebate for evaporative cooler systems is $700.

"There's no limit to the number of rebates for which a fleet can apply," Orton said. "However, Cascade Sierra Solutions will give priority to rebate requests that more closely match the rebate program's goal of maximizing the use of plug-in stations. The highest priority will go to rebate requests where installation and the application process can be completed in the next 60 days."

A network of electrified parking spots at truck stops is being deployed nationwide, with more to come by the industry. Of the 50 locations Shore Power Technologies had installed as of the end of 2012, 40 were funded by STEP. Since 2010, STEP has resulted in a 210 percent increase in the number of truckstops across the United States adding power pedestals.

A list of approved equipment and an application form are available at the Cascade Sierra Solutions website — approved equipment — http://www.csswebform.org/WebForm/Supplier_list.aspx and application form - http://www.csswebform.org/WebForm/TSE_home.aspx/ and application form — http://www.csswebform.org/WebForm/Supplier_list.aspx and application form — http://www.csswebform.org/WebForm/TSE_home.aspx/. 

The rebates are paid directly to the installer when CSS receives the installation documents. The installer must provide a discount to the truck owner in the amount of the rebate at the time of installation. For idle reduction equipment added to new vehicle deliveries, the customer invoice must clearly show the incremental equipment costs, or the rebate can not be approved.

All rebates must receive pre-approval by Cascade Sierra Solutions prior to installation. The installed equipment must offer an electric power grid connection and vehicle owners must commit to using plug-in power when available. The rebates are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the use of truck stop electrification. Cascade Sierra Solutions has partnered with Shorepower Technologies (SPT) to administer the project for the U. S. Department of Energy. CSS oversees the project and administers the rebate program for vehicle owners. Shorepower Technologies develops the truck stop electrification infrastructure and operates the system.

"These rebates really offer an excellent opportunity for truck fleets and operators thinking of adding idle reduction equipment before hot temperatures return later this year," Orton said.

For more information about the rebates, call Cascade Sierra Solutions at (503) 289-3578.

To find truck stops with power pedestals, including 480-volt power connections for hybrid reefer units with 230-volt step-down transformers available upon request, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s truckstop electrification locator: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/tse/

STEP is a project that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) and carried out by CSS in partnership with Shorepower Technologies (SPT). SPT is constructing more than 1,200 Electrified Parking spaces for long-haul trucks at 50 truck stops across the nation. The 1,200 parking spaces will more than double the available truck stop parking spaces equipped to provide electrical power to long-haul trucks. To accelerate the number of trucks equipped to take full advantage of the parking, CSS will provide over $10 million in purchase rebates for idle reduction equipment to vehicle owners who will commit to using the STEP network to reduce their fuel consumption.

Shorepower is a transportation electrification infrastructure company offering simple, cost-effective solutions for connecting cars and trucks to the electrical grid. Products and services offered include SmartWay-verified Truck Stop Electrification (TSE), as well as charging stations for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Shorepower corporate facilities are located in Portland, Oregon and Utica, New York.

Cascade Sierra Solutions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon, dedicated to identifying, promoting and financing the use of clean technologies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks. Cascade Sierra Solutions works with local clean-air agencies, government entities, and independent truckers and fleets to drive the green trucking revolution across the US and around the world.

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