DOVER – Gov. Jack Markell congratulated the Delaware Transit Corporation on Monday for winning a federal grant to install solar panels at its facilities. The $1.5 million DTC is receiving is part of a grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for transit agencies pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies that reduce global warming, lessen America’s dependence on oil and create green jobs.
“Increasing our use of renewable energy helps our economy by creating jobs and helps our environment by keeping pollution out of our water, air and soil,” Markell said. “Our public policies must recognize the link between economic wealth and environmental health.”
Selection criteria included a project’s ability to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and also to provide a return on the investment. Other criteria included readiness to implement, applicant capacity and degree of innovation.
“This shows how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet, but creates jobs and strengthens our economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“These grants will put Americans to work now while improving our environment in the future,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “The transit industry continues to be at the forefront of reducing pollution and creating a cleaner, safer environment for our nation.”