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Thursday, January 9, 2014
The North Augusta City Council adopted a resolution to accept a $5,000 grant to purchase a hydrogen fuel cell transit bus.
The council agreed to accept the grant during Monday's meeting. According to the resolution, the grant will come from the South Carolina Energy Office and will go toward reducing energy use in the state.
“The $5,000 will go toward purchasing the bus. We will utilize the bus to show alternative fuel, clean energy, and to transport children for educational and recreational purposes,” said City Administrator Todd Glover.
The bus carries a $50,000 price tag, though the value of the bus is over $650,000, and is split between the two agencies. Glover said that North Augusta's application was approved in a “competitive process over many local governments throughout the country.”
The majority of the bus's use will take place on Martintown Road, Georgia Avenue and could potentially be used with Project Jackson.
The bus marks another milestone in Aiken County becoming a location for hydrogen fuel studies. The county, along with the Economic Development Partnership, constructed the Center for Hydrogen Research, now the Applied Research Center, to explore alternative fuel research and testing.
“With these initiatives, Aiken County is considered a world leader in the field of Hydrogen fuel cell technology,” Glover added in an interview last week.
In addition to the grant, the council also accepted a motion to accept the 2014 Municipal Jury Box, which contains the names of all registered voters and the names of individuals with a South Carolina driver's license.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Municipal Center located at 100 Georgia Ave.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.