The State of Texas has a great program to help make your business more profitable and help clean up the air in our community. Those two goals come together as the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan or TERP. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or TCEQ administers the program. The goal of the program is to replace old polluting diesel trucks and equipment with new cleaner equipment. The program provides cash through grants to small business owners to help make this happen. If you are a small business owner and you would like to make your business more efficient by replacing that old inefficient diesel equipment with new state of the art equipment, you need to take a look at TERP.
Big, older diesel engines put out a lot of pollution — so much that changing even one of them to a newer, cleaner-burning model can be the equivalent of taking hundreds of cars off the road. Not only that, but new equipment is more fuel efficient and will cost you a lot less to operate. And with new equipment you won’t have to those big and unexpected repair bills. If the only thing holding you back is the cost, TERP can help out.
The newest TERP rebate program opens March 14, 2019. This program will make $5,000,000 available to eligible small businesses in Dallas and 12 other counties. The grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Both heavy duty on road vehicles and heavy off road equipment are eligible. In order to qualify as a small business, you can own and operate up to five pieces of equipment. You must have owned the equipment for at least two years prior to the application date.
If you interested, the next step is up to you. You can get more information at the TERP website or you can call the TCEQ TERP group at 1-800-919-TERP (8377). You can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe this program does not fit your business. Not to worry, there are a variety of TERP programs including a TERP program for Alternative Fueling Facilities, Emission Reduction Incentive Grants, New Technology Implementation Grants, and many more. To get information on all the TERP programs visit their website.