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In 2007, Mecklenburg County Air Quality launched an innovated air quality improvement program called
Engines or GRADE. GRADE is designed to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), an ozone forming air pollutant, by providing businesses and organizations funding incentives to replace or repower heavy-duty non-road equipment with newer, cleaner, less polluting engines.
Since its inception, GRADE has funded over 300 projects and awarded
$6.6 million. These projects have reduced over 880 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region. Watch the award-winning
GRADE video for more information.
$1.6 Million in AeroGRADE funding is available. Apply by October 31, 2019.
Replace old, diesel ground-support equipment (GSE) with new, fully electric GSE. $1.5 million available for GSE electrification at Charlotte-Douglas
GSE Project Guidelines
AeroGRADE FAQs for GSE Projects
Replace a diesel terminal tractor with a fully electric version or repower a Class 7/8 semi-truck with a hybrid drive system. Funding for one of each type.
Pilot Project Application
Pilot Project Guidelines
AeroGRADE FAQ's for Pilot Projects
Get Started with GRADE: Learn the four-step GRADE process and start completing your application.
Project Summary: Read about current projects and past successes in this quarterly report.
Regional Results: See a map of GRADE's regional impact.
Receive Notifications: Join our email distribution list so you will be notified when grant funding is available.
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For more information, contact Mecklenburg County Air Quality at 704-336-5430.