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Eleven North Carolina schools received nearly $900 million for clean buses

Eleven North Carolina schools received nearly $900 million for clean buses

Recipients include 11 North Carolina school districts.

NORTH CAROLINA, USA — The Biden-Harris Administration is helping school districts go green.

The administration announced nearly $900 million in funding to replace older, diesel-powered school buses in 530 districts. The money will be extended to almost all states.

The rebates will help school districts purchase more than 3,400 electric and hybrid school buses. Researchers say old buses have been linked to asthma and other conditions that harm the health of students and surrounding communities.

Recipients include 11 North Carolina school districts. They will receive more than 18 million dollars to make replacements.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requested the most funding, with about $8.5 million to cover a request for 25 electric buses and the replacement of 25 buses.

Michael Regan, a North Carolina A&T graduate and EPA administrator, will make a formal announcement highlighting how the program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health.

Now that districts have the funds, they will need to find producers for the buses.

Here in the Triad, Thomas Built Buses is one of the largest electric bus manufacturers in the country. They have already committed to providing more than 60 electric buses to North Carolina school districts in an effort to boost clean energy.

Last year, Randolph County Schools was the first school system in our state to receive an electric bus.

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