Golden State Priority Project
Northern & Southern Regions
Application Window: September 13 – December 12, 2023
Northern Region CountiesRebate funding: $19 million
- Del Norte
- El Dorado
Southern Region CountiesRebate funding: $19 million
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- The Golden State Priority Project (GSPP) provides rebates for purchasing and installing eligible direct current (DC) fast chargers.
- Incentives are available for project sites in the northern and southern regions of California (see map above).
- Funding is only available for sites in disadvantaged community (DAC) or low-income community (LIC) census tracts.
- Eligible applicants can qualify for rebates covering up to 50% of their project’s total approved costs, capped at $100,000 per charging port.
- Sites must install a minimum of 4 GSPP-eligible charging ports and can receive a rebate for up to 20 GSPP-eligible charging ports.
- Qualified applicants will be awarded funding based on a tiered application selection process that prioritizes shovel-ready projects.
- NEW: Applicants must show, at a minimum, that they have submitted documentation to their utility service provider for final utility design AND have applied for a permit with their local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
- This funding round of GSPP will distribute up to $38 million in rebate funding allocated by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Any funding from previous funding rounds that remains unreserved may be rolled over into this funding round.
- CALeVIP and GSPP are implemented by the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE).
DC Fast Charger Rebate Amounts
|Guaranteed Output per Charging Port||Rebate Cap per Charging Port|
|150kW - 274.99kW||$55,000|
Requirements & Additional Information
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
- Be a site owner or their authorized agent (such as a property manager, EV service provider or contractor) with a Site Verification Form submitted at the time of application.
- Be a business, sole proprietorship, nonprofit organization, or a public or government entity, that is either based in California or operates as a California-based affiliate, or be a California Native American tribe listed with the Native American Heritage Commission
- Any threatened or actual legal action against the Applicant Organization cannot impact the completion or operation of the Proposed Installation or disbursement of the reserved rebate funds.
Site Eligibility Requirements
- Business districts
- Charging Hubs
- City, county or privately owned parking lots or garages
- Colleges or universities
- Community centers
- Gas Stations
- Grocery Stores
- Large-format retail
- Places of worship
- Police of sheriff stations
- Public transit hubs
- Retail shopping Centers
- 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 charging ports and can receive a rebate for up to 20 GSPP-eligible charging ports.
- Chargers must be publicly available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Stand-alone parking lots or parking garages (i.e., those not dedicated to a particular business or property) are exempted from these requirements as long as the chargers remain accessible to the public for at least 18 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding holidays.
- To be considered publicly available, a charger must not be located behind a fence or in a gated parking lot, such that the general public is unable to access or is deterred from accessing.
- Chargers cannot have any time restrictions for availability to the public to be considered available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
All installations must be at existing structures or facilities and involve negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. Any installations not in compliance with this requirement will be ineligible for rebates.
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 supports a charging port supplying 25 kW 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.
- New, stub-out/make-ready or replacement
- DC fast chargers are eligible for replacement only if their power output is below 40 kW.
- Non-DC fast chargers are not eligible for replacement under the Golden State Priority Project.
- 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.
- North American Charging Standard (NACS) 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.
- Equipment must be capable of utilization data collection.
- Equipment must include a minimum six-year networking agreement, eligible toward total approved costs.
- Be capable of at least a 150 kW guaranteed power output at each active connector.
- Must be capable of using an implementation of the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) version 1.6 or later. The product specification sheet must state it is capable of using OCPP
- Be ISO-15118 “Hardware Ready” via self-attestation on the product specification sheet which includes:
- 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 recommended to prepare for future updates to the ISO 15118 standard.
- Remotely receiving updates to activate or enable ISO 15118 use cases.
- Connection to a back-end network.
- Not require a subscription or membership to dispense energy
- If payment is required, the charger must comply with all relevant laws and regulations pertaining to payment accessibility.
- Be certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program to either UL 2202 or UL 9741.
- Be registered on the Eligible Equipment webpage as eligible for the Golden State Priority Project.
- To list a charger as eligible equipment manufacturers must submit a completed online equipment form to CSE through the EV Charger Eligibility Portal.
Effective January 1, 2024, 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.
Network Provider Requirements
All network providers must submit an intake form for CSE to review compliance with minimum requirements and begin the data sharing agreement process. All network providers must meet the following requirements to participate in the Golden State Priority Project:
- Provide networking services for EV charging stations.
- Be capable of processing payments through a toll-free number option and initiating a charging session remotely.
- Have a signed data-sharing agreement in place with 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 charging session data identified in each network provider’s data sharing agreement using 15-minute intervals. At minimum, data fields should include:
- 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
- Interval ID
- Interval peak demand
- Interval start/end date
- Interval start/end time
- Interval energy consumed
- Interval average demand
- Idle duration
- Downtime reason
- Downtime Event start/end date
- Downtime Event start/end time
If your application is selected for funding, costs incurred after 6/16/2023 in the following categories are eligible to be covered by the rebates disbursed through this application window of the Golden State Priority Project:
- Demand management equipment.
- Design, engineering and utility service costs.
- Equipment, including EVSE, transformer, panels, advanced energy storage and all-inclusive solar EV charging systems.
- Extended warranties.
- Installation costs (labor and materials).
- Network agreements.
- Required ADA upgrades to site due to project, but not to include or cover upgrades of existing ADA noncompliance.
- Utility service orders.
NOTE: Beyond the rebated charging ports, additional charging ports and connectors may be installed on a site and will count toward the total project cost used to calculate the final rebate amount. However, the rebate cap will be determined based solely on the number of charging ports that meet eligibility requirements (i.e., the rebated charging ports).
Costs that are ineligible to be covered by rebates disbursed through this application window of GSPP may include, but are not limited to:
- Any costs incurred prior to 6/16/2023.
- Any project costs offset by other rebate programs or projects.
- Permits required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
- Stand-alone solar panels.
- Costs associated with developing an unpaved site.
- Costs associated with construction of new buildings or structures.
While costs are eligible starting 6/16/2023, construction cannot have started prior to the close of the application window.
Combining GSPP Funds with Other Funds
Once approved for payment, an applicant with funding reserved in this GSPP application window is eligible to receive a rebate covering up to 50% of eligible project costs incurred by the applicant organization. Applicants may use funding from other incentive or grant programs to cover the remaining 50% of eligible project costs. However, the total amount of incentive funding obtained to cover the costs of the project may not exceed total eligible project costs.
Revenue obtained from the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is excluded from this limitation. However, the application form includes one or more questions to collect information on planned LCFS designation.
Scroll through this interactive timeline to view the application process step by step.
Confirm your site is eligible
Complete required elements of site design
Apply for relevant permits and new/upgraded utility service
Prepare and upload required documents
Submit rebate application during the application window
Receive notice of reserved funds
Provide copy of equipment order and issued permit within 60 days
Complete installation using the Construction Progress Tracker (CPT)
Schedule inspections and required utility installations
Schedule energization and commissioning of chargers
Submit final documents for rebate disbursement
Receive your rebate payment via check or ACH
Once the application window opens, applicants can log in to the application portal and begin the process. Applicants can save their applications during the application window and hold several applications open at a time. Note that this is the same application portal for all GSPP funding rounds but is a separate application portal from previous CALeVIP 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.All applications must be submitted prior to the close of the application window and only one application per site will receive rebate funding.
Once submitted, applications will be sorted into the following tiers, based on the documents uploaded for the Permit/Utility Service Design Application Package document slot:
|Tier||Required Documents at Application|
|1 - Highest “Ready to Build”||Final Utility Design AND Issued Permit|
|2 - Medium “Utility Design Approved"||Final Utility Design AND Permit Application|
|3 - Lowest “Utility Design in Progress”||Final Utility Design in Progress AND Permit Application|
|Conditional Waitlist “Almost Ready”||Utility Design Application|
Note:Construction cannot have started prior to the close of the application window.
- Tier 1 applications that are verified to meet all minimum requirements will be selected for funding.
- Tier 2 and Tier 3 applications will be reviewed and selected subsequently, from highest to lowest priority, as funding allows.
- If there is not enough funding for all applications in a tier, applications will be randomly selected from that tier until funds run out and applications in lower tiers will not be funded.
- Any eligible Tier 1, 2 and 3 applications that do not receive funds due to program funds becoming fully subscribed will remain in a waitlist for 190 days after the application window closes or until all applications with funding reservations have begun construction, whichever occurs first. These waitlist applications will be processed in queue order if funding becomes available.
Applicants unable to meet minimum requirements outlined in Tier 3 can apply for the Conditional Waitlist by submitting proof of application for a new or upgraded utility service before the application window closes.
Please note that the Conditional Waitlist will also remain active for 190 days after the application window closes or until all applications with funding reservations have begun construction, whichever occurs first.
To be eligible for funding, an applicant in the Conditional Waitlist must demonstrate compliance with Tier 3 requirements, at a minimum. Applicants in the Conditional Waitlist who become eligible for funding will be processed in the order they become eligible, as funding becomes available.
If an 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.
The application manager is required to accept the application-specific invitation for the Construction Progress Tracker (CPT) within 5 days of receiving the invitation via email.
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 for GSPP, at each documentation stage, before CSE can issue the final rebate payment. Note that this is the same application portal for all GSPP funding rounds but is a separate application portal from previous CALeVIP projects.
- Complete the Site Verification Form.
- Submit Tiering Cover Sheet.
- Submit Documentation for Tiering Designation.
- Submit site plans.
- If applicable, submit copies of any permits from the local agency and final utility service design.
- Submit proof of equipment order demonstrating that all required electrical equipment and charging equipment has been ordered.
- Participate in the Construction Progress Tracker (CPT) throughout charger installations.
- Submit a completed Invoice Form.
- Submit a copy of paid invoice for engineering and design costs.
- Submit a copy of paid purchase invoice for equipment.
- Submit a copy of paid invoice for all installation costs.
- Submit at least two photos of installed and operational equipment.
- Submit network agreement acknowledgment form.
- Submit inspection card, including inspector signoff.
- Submit signed EVITP Requirements Affidavit.
- Submit proof of registration to AFDC station locator tool.
- Attest to the energization and operational status of the chargers.
- Complete Installation Data Form with all relevant information, including equipment serial numbers.
- 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.
- Airport: Parking facilities at airports that serve the public are eligible 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, city or unincorporated area, though many business districts may be present within these areas. 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. Stand-alone poker rooms or card halls are ineligible.
- Charging port: The number of DCFC connectors that can supply the rebated guaranteed output simultaneously.
- Charging hub: An existing paved site for which the primary purpose is to provide battery recharging services to electric vehicles.
- City/County/Privately-owned Parking Lot or Garage: A publicly or privately owned parking building or parking lot (i.e., parking is the primary use) that provides parking spaces to the public and is accessible at least 18 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding holidays. 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): Provides training and certification for electricians installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
- Energy Storage: Energy storage is a stationary storage application that can be defined as a smart energy management system that receives information from a battery management system. Generally, energy storage serves as a peak load-shaving strategy.
- Gas station: Any 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 charging port when all charging ports are in use.
- Hospital: A facility that provides any medical services. This includes clinics, dental offices, urgent cares and any other facility providing medical services.
- Hotel: A hotel must meet two 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.
- Large-format retail store: Large, free-standing, generally single-floor retail stores over 80,000 square feet offering a variety of products.
- 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/sheriff station: Police and sheriff stations include storefront police or sheriff substations that serve the surrounding community and adjacent areas. Police/sheriff station sites are still subject to public accessibility requirements and should not be primarily 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, at minimum, a 150-kW DCFC 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).