Nopetro has opened the first of what it hopes will be 19 planned compressed natural gas facilities in Florida and Georgia. The station, in Tallahassee, FL, will service the Leon County School District.

“This partnership is exactly what our Legislature had in mind when it established natural gas as a key component of the state’s transportation policies,” said Adam Putnam, Florida Agriculture & Consumer Affairs commissioner. “A network of natural gas fueling stations in major cities across our state will encourage commercial fleets and individual consumers to make the move into Florida’s energy future.”

The facility is said to be the largest CNG operation on the East Coast, Nopetro said, and in addition to fueling the school buses, will be open to other public and private consumers, Nopetro said. The school district plans to convert its entire fleet of buses to CNG.

A portion of each sale will benefit the school district thanks to the partnership with Nopetro.

“This is truly a day worth celebrating – a big step forward in the journey toward independence from expensive foreign fuels,” said Jorge Herrera, co-founder & CEO of Nopetro, which has offices in Tallahassee and Miami. “Nopetro epitomizes the American dream of hard work producing results, and we are proud to be leading the way both here in Tallahassee and across Florida and the Southeast.”

Nopetro has identified 18 additional cities it is targeting over the next three years, including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida, and Atlanta, Macon and Savannah in Georgia.