FPS receives grant for 1st electric bus

FPS receives grant for 1st electric bus
Posted on 10/30/2018
Prototype of first electric school bus in Washington State

This Fall, Franklin Pierce Schools received notifications of two grants from TransAlta Coal Company: one totaling $330,155 to purchase Washington State’s first electric school bus and another award in the amount of $65,858 to install a 20-kilowatt (kW) Washington-made solar electricity generation system at Keithley Middle School.  These projects will provide renewable energy for the Franklin Pierce Schools, reduce carbon emissions and provide an educational opportunity for students and educators, while helping to reduce operating expenses.

Washington State’s First Electric School Bus:

Funds from the grant will be used to purchase Washington State’s first full-size electric school bus. This bus will serve as a pilot to consider what it would take to shift bus fleets across the state to rely on electric motors. The funding will also assist with the cost of installing a level two charging station for the electric bus. Franklin Pierce Schools is working with Blue Bird manufacturers to ensure the bus will meet all Washington State regulations and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction standards. We anticipate the arrival of the bus in Spring 2019.

Keithley Solar Project:

The installation of a 20kW solar electric generation system at the Keithley Middle School will begin this winter. This renewable energy project will support the district’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and will connect to an energy dashboard that will allow students to engage with the system, learn more about alternative energy and understand how the engineering behind the technology works.

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