Golden State Priority Project
Application Window Opens: January 24, 2023
DC fast charger rebates will be available for eligible sites in two regions.
Central Region Counties
Rebate Funding: $10 million
- Contra Costa
- San Benito
- San Francisco
- San Luis Obispo
- San Mateo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
Eastern Region Counties
Rebate Funding: $20 million
- San Bernardino
- San Joaquin
Note: Funding for additional regions may become available in future Golden State Priority Project (GSPP) application windows, based on availability of additional rebate funds. Funds that go unused in the first GSPP application window may be used to fund subsequent GSPP application windows.
CALeVIP's mission is to deploy electric vehicle charging stations quickly and efficiently to help meet California's zero-emission vehicle goals. The Golden State Priority Project (GSPP) provides rebates for purchasing and installing eligible direct current fast chargers in the eastern and central regions of California - with a total of $30 million in available incentive funds from the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Funding is only available for sites located in disadvantaged community (DAC) or low-income community (LIC) census tracts.
Not sure if your site is in a DAC/LIC census tract? Look up your address using the California Climate Investments Priority Populations Map.
Eligible Rebates for Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs)
Rebates for eligible equipment may equal up to 50% of the project's total approved costs subject to the rebate caps listed.
|Guaranteed Output per Active Connector||Rebate Caps per Active Connector|
|150kW - 274.99kW||$55,000|
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a site owner or their authorized agent with a Site Verification Form submitted at the time of application.
- Be a business, nonprofit organization, California Native American tribe listed with the Native American Heritage Commission or a public or government entity based in California or operate as a California-based affiliate.
- Have a valid California Business License, except public agencies (e.g., municipalities) and joint powers authority agencies.
Site Eligibility Requirements
Eligible site types include:
- Business districts
- City/county/privately owned parking lots or garages
- Community centers
- Gas stations
- Grocery stores
- Large-format retail
- Places of worship
- Police or sheriff stations
- Public transit hubs
- Retail shopping centers
Additional site requirements:
- Site must be located in a DAC or LIC census tract, as defined by the California Climate Investments Priority Populations Map.
- Premises must be well-lit, secure and in compliance with all federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations.
- Sites must install a minimum of 4 GSPP-eligible active connectors and can receive a rebate for up to 20 GSPP-eligible active connectors
- Charging station must be publicly available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
- The charger(s) must not be located behind a fence or in a gated parking lot closed to the public after hours.
- Chargers cannot have any time restrictions for availability to the public.
- Charging stations in stand-alone parking lots or parking garages not dedicated to a particular business or property (e.g., grocery stores and shopping centers) must have the chargers accessible to the public at least 18 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding holidays.
Per CA Public Utilities Code 740.20, the installation of EV chargers must be completed by Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certified electricians.
- If the electric vehicle charging installation supports a charging port supplying 25 kilowatts or more, at least 25% of the total electricians working on the crew, at all times during work hours, must hold EVITP certification.
- One member of each crew may be both the contractor and the EVITP certified electrician.
Equipment Eligibility Requirements
DC fast charger installations must be:
- New, stub-out/make-ready, or replacement.
- DC Fast Chargers are eligible for replacement only if their power output is below 40kW.
- Non-DC Fast Chargers are not eligible for replacement under the Golden State Priority Project.
DC fast chargers must:
- Be new equipment, installed for first time.
- Use Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors and/or CCS adapters that are fully integrated into the charger such that they cannot be removed from the site.
- Tesla and CHAdeMO connectors may be installed but will not be considered when determining the maximum rebate amount for the installation.
- Be networked, meeting the following criteria:
- Equipment must be networked via Wi-Fi, ethernet or cellular connection (4G and above).
- Equipment must connect to a back-end network and be capable of “over-the-air” updates.
- Must be capable of utilization data collection.
- Minimum 5-year networking agreement, eligible toward total approved costs.
- Be capable of at least a 150-kW guaranteed power output at each active connector.
- Use an implementation of the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) version 1.6 or later.
- Via self-attestation on product specification sheet.
- Not require a subscription or membership to dispense energy.
- If payment is required, the following payment options must be physically located on the charger, or on a kiosk serving the charger:
- An EMV chip reader.
- A mobile payment device.
- A toll-free number.
- Be certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL) to either UL 2202 or UL 9741.
- Be registered on the upcoming CALeVIP 2.0 Equipment Eligibility webpage as eligible for the Golden State Priority Project.
Effective July 1, 2023, DC fast chargers must also be:
- ENERGY STAR certified.
- Certified by Open Charge Alliance (OCA) for OCPP 1.6 or later.
- At minimum, both a subset certificate and a security certificate will be required.
- Certification for OCPP2.0 will be required by 2025.
- ISO-15118 “Hardware Ready” via self-attestation to the CEC, which includes support for the following:
- Powerline carrier (PLC) based high-level communication as specified in ISO 15118-3.
- Secure management and storage of keys and certificates.
- Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2; additional support for TLS 1.3 or subsequent versions is recommended to prepare for future updates to the ISO 15118 standard.
- Remotely receiving updates to activate or enable ISO 15118 use cases.
- Connecting to a back-end network.
Pre-Approved Eligible Equipment
|Rebate Tier||Active Connectors||Make/Model Configuration|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||ABB Terra 184 C|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||ABB Terra HP 175|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||ABB Terra HP 350 (Two Dispensers)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||ADS-TEC Energy ChargeBox (Two Dispensers)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Blink 160kW High Power DCFC (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Blink 180kW High Power DCFC (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Blink 300kW High Power DCFC (Parallel Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Blink Terra 184 C|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Blink DCFC 175kW|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||BTC PowerHPCT 150kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||BTC PowerHPCT 200kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||BTC PowerHPCT 350kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 160kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 200kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 240kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||ChargePoint Express Plus 320kW (Two 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||ChargePoint Express Plus 360kW (Two 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||ChargePoint Express Plus 400kW (Two 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Delta 350kW High Power DCFC|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||FreeWire Boost Charger 200|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Noodoe DC150P w/ Port Priority Charging|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Noodoe DC180P w/ Port Priority Charging|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Noodoe DC360P (One Dispenser)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Noodoe DC360P (Two Dispensers) w/ Port Priority Charging|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Siemens VersiCharge Ultra 175kW DC Charger (w/o Power Sharing)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 160kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 180kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 200kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 240kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 300kW (Parallel Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||2||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 360kW (Parallel Mode Only)|
|150kW-274.99kW||1||Tritium RT-175S (w/o Power Sharing)|
|275kW+||1||ABB Terra HP 350 (One Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||ADS-TEC Energy ChargeBox (One Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||Blink 300kW High Power DCFC (Cycle Mode Only)|
|275kW+||1||BTC Power HPCT 350kW (One 200A or 350A Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 280kW (One 350A Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 320kW (One 350A Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||ChargePoint Express Plus 350kW (One 350A Dispenser)|
|275kW+||1||Noodoe DC360P (One Dispenser) w/ Port Priority Charging|
|275kW+||1||SK Signet HDP350K|
|275kW+||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 300kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
|275kW+||1||Tellus Power Green DC Fast Charger 360kW (Cycle Mode Only)|
Don't see your charger on the list?
Contact CALeVIP at email@example.com to begin the pre-approval process.
Please submit your charger by 11/15/2022 to be listed at opening of application window.
Network Provider Requirements
All network providers must meet the following requirements to participate in the Golden State Priority Project:
- Provide networking services for EV charging stations.
- Have a signed data-sharing agreement in place with project administrator Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE).
- Implement a mechanism to transfer the required data to CSE with a format and frequency that is acceptable to CSE and CEC.
- Be capable of obtaining and providing the following data using 15-minute intervals, at minimum, from the usage of the EV charging stations:
- EVSE ID
- Port ID
- Port maximum kW
- Connection start/end date
- Connection start/end time
- Charge session start/end date
- Charge session start/end time
- Energy consumed
- Vehicle make, model and year
- Interval ID
- Interval peak demand
- Interval start/end date
- Interval start/end time
- Interval average demand
- Idle duration
- Downtime reason
- Event start/end date
- Event start/end time
Pre-Approved Network Providers
|Pre-Approved Network Providers|
|bp pulse fleet|
Don't see your network on the list?
Contact CALeVIP at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the pre-approval process.
Please submit your charger by 11/15/2022 to be listed at opening of application window.
If your application is selected for funding, costs incurred after 9/1/2022 are eligible to be covered by the rebates disbursed through this first application window of the Golden State Priority Project given that they fall under one of the eligible cost categories:
- Equipment including EVSE, transformer, panels, advanced energy storage and all-inclusive solar EV charging systems.
- Installation costs (labor and materials).
- Utility service orders.
- Network agreements.
- Extended warranties.
- Design, engineering and utility service costs.
- Required ADA upgrades to site due to project, but not to include or cover upgrades of existing ADA noncompliance.
- Demand management equipment.
Costs that are ineligible to be covered by rebates disbursed through this first application window of the GSPP may include, but are not limited to:
- Permits required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
- Stand-alone solar panels.
- Any project costs offset by other incentive programs or projects.
- Any costs incurred prior to the date the incentive project landing page launches.
Incentives from programs that are considered stackable may be used to cover EV charger installation project costs not covered by GSPP, but in no case could stacking of incentives exceed actual costs of the project. Only by meeting all project requirements will an application be eligible for CALeVIP incentives; determination of eligibility for any stackable programs does not confer eligibility under the project. Other potential sources of funding may include, but are not limited to, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
The application form will include one or more questions to collect information on planned LCFS designation.
Once the application window opens, applicants will be able to log in to the CALeVIP 2.0 application portal and begin the process. Applicants will be able to save their applications during the application window and hold several applications open at a time. Note that this is a separate application portal from CALeVIP 1.0 projects.
During the application window, applicants will be able to do the following:
- Provide information on the online application form about the rebate recipient, site, equipment being installed and network provider selected.
- Save, edit and finalize online application form.
- Contact CSE for assistance verifying that the correct documents have been prepared and completed correctly.
- Upload required documents once finalized.
- Note that once uploaded, a document cannot be corrected, so please do not upload a document until it is ready for submission.
- After completing all the required information and documentation, applicants will be able to submit their application.
Please note that all applications must be submitted prior to the close of the application window and only one application per site will receive rebate funding.
Tiered Application Selection Process
Once submitted, applications will be sorted into the following tiers, based on the documents submitted for the Permit Application Package and Utility Service Design Application Package:
Required Documents at Application
|Tier||Required Documents at Application|
|1||Site Verification Form + Issued Permit AND Final Utility Design|
|2||Site Verification Form + Issued Permit OR Final Utility Design|
|3||Site Verification Form + Permit Application Package OR Utility Service Design Application Package|
Once applications are sorted into tiers, all Tier 1 applications will be selected for funding, once it has been verified that the application meets all minimum requirements. Tier 2 and Tier 3 applications will be selected subsequently, in order, as funding allows. Should there not be sufficient funding for all application in a tier, applications will be randomly selected from that tier until funds run out and applications in subsequent tiers will not be funded.
If the application has rebate funds reserved, CSE will send a Funds Reserved email to notify the applicant. The applicant has 450 calendar days from the Funds Reserved date to complete the project and submit all required documents.
If the application has not had funds reserved, CSE will send an email informing the applicant of this result, their application’s tier and why the application was not selected (e.g., not enough funding, duplicate application for the same site, incomplete documentation, etc.)
Applications are eligible to receive one rebate payment at project completion.
All applicants will be required to provide the following documentation in the CALeVIP application portal before CSE can issue the final rebate payment.
Required within the application window time frame:
- Complete Site Verification Form.
- Submit Permit Application Package or Utility Service Design Application Package.
Optional within the application window time frame:
- Submit copy of permits from local agency, and/or (if applicable) final utility service design.
Required within 60 calendar days of Funds Reserved date:
- Submit copy of permits from local agency, and (if applicable) final utility service design.
- Submit proof of equipment order demonstrating that all required electrical equipment and charging equipment has been ordered.
Required for final payment:
- Submit paid invoice for engineering and design costs.
- Submit paid purchase invoice for equipment.
- Submit paid invoice for all installation costs.
- Submit at least two photos of installed and operational equipment.
- Submit network agreement acknowledgement form.
- Submit inspection card, including inspector signoff.
- Complete Installation Data Form with EVITP certification information and equipment serial numbers.
Easy Online Upload
- Log in with your email and password.
- Navigate to your application by clicking the associated application number in the application portal.
- Upload and submit your supporting documents online. Don’t forget to click the Submit button once you’ve uploaded your documents.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A DAC is defined by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) as an area that falls into one of the following categories:
- Census tracts receiving the highest 25% of overall scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0 (1,984 tracts).
- Census tracts lacking overall scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0 due to data gaps, but receiving the highest 5% of CalEnviroScreen 4.0 cumulative pollution burden scores (19 tracts).
- Census tracts identified in the 2017 DAC designation as disadvantaged, regardless of their scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0 (305 tracts).
- Lands under the control of federally recognized tribes.
You can view eligible DACs by visiting the California Climate Investments Priority Populations Map.
A LIC is defined as a census tract that is either at or below 80% of the statewide median income, or at or below the threshold designated as low income by the California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) Revised 2021 State Income Limits.
You can view eligible LICs by visiting the California Climate Investments Priority Populations Map.
Charger/installation site types refer to the following:
New: No electrical infrastructure is in place. Conduit installation is acceptable.
Stub-out: Includes at least 2-inch minimum spare conduit run with pull rope that is sized, installed and located per the National Electrical Code for future installation of wiring supporting up to a 480-volt AC, 4-wire, 125-kilowatt (kW) load.
Replacement/Make-ready: Existing site wired with all the electrical infrastructure needed to support the installation of EV charging. Replacements are allowed only for units capable of delivering 40 kW or less.
The California Air Resources Board identified the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) as one of many early actions to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The LCFS is designed to decrease the carbon intensity of California's transportation fuel pool and provide an increasing range of low-carbon and renewable alternatives, which reduce petroleum dependency and achieve air quality benefits. As EV chargers deliver a low-carbon fuel, owners of Level 2 and DC fast chargers are eligible to apply for the generation of LCFS credits based on the amount of fuel (electricity) dispensed. DC fast chargers also generate credits based on their capacity and the capacity credit has an inverse relationship to the dispensed fuel credits (i.e., the greater the fuel dispensed, the lower the capacity credits that can be claimed). After applying for the generation of LCFS credits, LCFS program staff certify the carbon intensity of the electricity delivered by the EV chargers, and with the certification, applicants may report quarterly fuel dispensed. LCFS credits are issued quarterly, and applications typically are verified annually.
Should an EV charger owner choose not to directly apply for LCFS credit generation, they may assign or sell the rights to the LCFS credit generation to another entity.
Accrued credits may be sold by a registered broker; and the value of the credits are generally required to be reinvested (e.g., payment of EV charger operating expenses, expansion of EV charging, etc.) in electric vehicle infrastructure or services. The value of the LCFS credits for any one EV charging site will vary greatly (e.g., from less than $100 annually to thousands of dollars annually) depending on many factors, including but not limited to the number of EV chargers in operation, the type of EV chargers installed, the amount of fuel dispensed, the value of the credit when sold, etc.
A complete Permit Application Package is made up of the following:
- Permit application submitted to permitting agency.
- Copy of plan set submitted with permit application.
- Receipt for paid plan check fees (where applicable).
- Issued permit.
A complete Utility Service Design Application Package is made up of the following:
- Utility service application submitted to utility.
- Copy of plan set/electrical drawings submitted with utility service application.
- Receipt for paid engineering advances (where applicable).
- Final Utility Design.
- Active connector: The number of DCFC connectors that can supply the rebated guaranteed output at any one time.
- Airport: Parking facilities at airports that serve the public are eligible primary sites. Long-term parking uses are not allowed.
- Application window: The time frame during which applicants are able to apply for rebate funding.
- Business district: An area within a community that has a high concentration of businesses and average dwell times of 30 minutes or less. The site must have a direct line of sight to the major road. This is typically the central area or commercial center of a town or city, though many business districts may be present within a single town or city. Dealerships, office buildings, and warehouses are not eligible under this site type.
- Casino: A building where gambling games of chance against the house/casino are played. Standalone poker rooms or card halls are ineligible.
- City/county/privately-owned parking lot or garage: A parking building or lot (i.e., parking is the primary use) that provides parking spaces to the public and is accessible 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. Workplace locations and long-term parking uses are not eligible. Pay-to-park is eligible.
- College/university: Must be an accredited, nonprofit two- or four-year college or university.
- Community center: A facility owned and operated by a public agency or a non-profit community organization. The primary purpose of the facility must be for recreation, social welfare, community improvement, or public assembly.
- DC fast charger (DCFC): A DCFC is defined as the equipment that connects a vehicle to a site’s electrical service and can provide a power output at or above the minimum rebated power capacity without any operational limitations.
- Disadvantaged community (DAC): These communities are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution as identified in the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool CalEnviroScreen Version 4.0 developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Census tracts in the top 25% of CalEnviroScreen 4.0 scores, census tracts in the highest 5% of CalEnviroScreen 4.0 cumulative pollution burden scores, census tracts identified in the 2017 DAC designation as disadvantaged and lands under the control of federally recognized tribes are eligible for the project.
- Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP): The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) provides training and certification for electricians installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
- Energy Storage: Energy storage (ES) is a stationary storage application that can be defined as a smart energy management system that receives information from a battery management system (BMS). Generally, ES serves as a peak load shaving strategy.
- Gas station: Any new or existing facility that, as its primary use, serves as a motor vehicle fueling service station retailing petroleum-based automotive fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, E10/E15) to the general public and has additional complementary customer store(s) or service(s) located on-site.
- Grocery store: A store that sells food and household supplies.
- Guaranteed output: The maximum power that can be provided per active connector when all active connectors are in use.
- Hospital: Hospital means a facility providing medical, psychiatric or surgical services for sick or injured persons primarily on an inpatient basis, including ancillary facilities for outpatient and emergency treatment, diagnostic services and training.
- Hotel: A hotel must meet three criteria:
- A permanent building for the primary purpose of short-term lodging.
- Provides dining, shopping or entertainment options available to the general public, OR is less than a quarter mile from another DCFC-eligible site.
- Located in a rural area (population below 2,500) and within 5 miles from a major highway, OR located in an urban area or cluster (population that is 2,500 or greater).
- Large-format retail store: Large, free-standing, generally single-floor, retail stores over 80,000 square feet offering a variety of products to their customers.
- Library: A place in which literary, musical, artistic or reference materials (such as books, manuscripts, recordings or films) are kept for use but not for sale.
- Light-duty fleet: Groups of motor vehicles owned or leased by a business, government agency or other organization rather than by an individual or family. Chargers may be public or private and must be shared use. Chargers must primarily serve light-duty vehicles but can serve medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as a secondary use. Primary use of chargers cannot be for medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
- Light-duty vehicle: A vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less.
- Low-income community (LIC): For the purposes of the project, the census tracts that are either at or below 80% of the statewide median income, or at or below the threshold designated as low-income by the California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) 2021 State Income Limits.
- Permit Application Package: The package submitted to the permitting agency as an application for a permit, including permit application, plan set and receipt for paid plan check fees (where applicable).
- Place of worship: A building used for the gathering of a religious or faith‐based organization for spiritual purposes.
- Police or Sheriff station: Police and sheriff stations include storefront police or sheriff substations that serve the surrounding community and adjacent areas. Proposed Installations at Police and Sheriff stations are still subject to public accessibility requirements and should not primarily be for fleet use.
- Public transit hub: Centers for public transit, including light rail stations, train stations and bus stations. Does not include park and ride lots.
- Restaurant: A business where meals and refreshments may be purchased.
- Retail shopping center: A group of retail and other commercial establishments that is planned, developed, owned and managed as a single property.
- Stub-out: Stub-out will include at least 2-inch minimum spare conduit run with pull rope that is sized, installed and located per the National Electrical Code for future installation of wiring supporting up to a 480-volt (V) alternating current (AC), 4-wire, 125-kilowatt (kW) load.
- Total approved costs: The sum of the costs incurred by the rebate recipient that are eligible to be covered by the rebates issued through the first window of the Golden State Priority Project.
- Utility Service Design Application Package: The documents submitted to the utility as an application for utility service design, including service design application, plan set/electrical drawings and receipt for paid engineering advances (where applicable).