SEP Funding Supported Alternative Fuels and Resiliency in Rural Communities

New propane buses purchased in 12 school districts

$1.7 million
Saved annually, reverted back to school operating budgets

Additional funding for six potential rural energy projects, with a focus on infrastructure


In Indiana, the State Energy Office funded 12 school districts across the State to replace inefficient diesel school buses with 55 new propane buses, saving approximately $1.7M annually – which has reverted back to school operating budgets.  The Energy Office also funded 5 municipal entities in a community energy challenge to support resilience in municipal government and public safety.  Projects ranged from back-up power infrastructure for local sheriff’s departments to energy efficiency retrofits in public and K-12 school buildings. Finally, the Energy Office is in the process of funding six rural energy projects for a total of $300,000 with a focus on infrastructure. Projects include but are not limited to new HVAC in rural schools, hospitals and churches, waste and recycling, energy efficiency upgrades in agricultural facilities and a regional consortium of 10 counties participating in an alliance to improve on-farm power systems with data being used to uncover inefficiencies, and support better decision making across these rural counties and agricultural operations.

Contact Information for the Indiana Energy Office