Fleets that want to cut idling with shorepower electrical systems may be eligible for conversion equipment rebates of up to $5,000 through Cascade Sierra Solutions. Funds for the rebates come from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Shorepower Technologies Electrification Project (STEP), which is being managed by the non-profit group. STEP is also helping fund installation of electrical power pedestals at 50 truck stops.
Fleets can receive rebates for up to 25 vehicles when they purchase and install pre-approved idle-reduction systems that take advantage of shorepower. They must also agree to keep the vehicles in service until June 2014, to use STEP-funded electrified truck parking where available, and to provide DOE with basic vehicle profile and operating data. The program is also open to owner-operators.
Types of equipment eligible and the maximum rebates include: auxiliary power units (APUs) or generator sets with electric standby options ($2,000 max.); battery HVAC systems ($1,600); battery evaporative cooler systems ($700); thermal storage systems ($260); truck cold plate systems ($3,200); trailer refrigeration units with electric standby options ($5,000); and e-hybrid refrigeration units with electric standby options ($5,000). The equipment must also be listed as SmartWay verified on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website or have received specific authorization from the program.