SAN FRANCISCO – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing the availability of $5 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for hydrogen refueling stations.
The VW funding will augment the $45.7 million that is currently available through the California Energy Commission’s grant funding opportunity, GFO-19-602 – Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure.
To be eligible to participate, station developers must apply to the GFO-19-602 – Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure competitive solicitation by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Eligible applications that propose to purchase and install publicly available light-duty hydrogen refueling infrastructure that meets the requirements of the California Energy Commission’s solicitation may be awarded VW funding.
Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will host an online information session on the VW funding for hydrogen refueling stations on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to attend but are not required. Registration is required to attend the session.
The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust is a nationwide program that provides funding for California to fully mitigate the excess NOx emissions caused by VW’s use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in VW diesel vehicles. More than 20 percent of the total project funds available for hydrogen stations are expected to benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities.
The $5 million in VW funding for hydrogen refueling stations is part of the Light-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure category, which is one of five categories that will provide funding through the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust program in California.