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Sonoma Coast Incentive Project

Presented in partnership with Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) and Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD)

Level 2 chargers & DC fast chargers (DCFC)
MENDOCINO AND SONOMA COUNTIES
LEVEL 2 UP TO $7,500 PER CONNECTOR, DCFC UP TO $80,000 PER CHARGER

The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project will begin accepting applications on July 8, 2020. Register for a free webinar to learn more.

Overview

The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project promotes easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure for the purchase and installation of eligible electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Mendocino and Sonoma counties – with a total of $6.75 million in available funds over three years.

The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project is presented in partnership with the following:

Sonoma Clean PowerNorthern Sonoma County

Eligible Rebates for Level 2 Chargers:

Eligible Rebates for Level 2 Chargers Amount per Connector
Base Rebate Up to $5,000, or 100% of project costs, whichever is less
Disadvantaged Community (DAC) or Low-Income Community (LIC) Additional $500
Multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site Additional $1,000
Unincorporated community Additional $1,000

Please note: If the site qualifies as both a DAC and LIC, each Level 2 connector is only eligible for an additional $500.

Eligible Rebates for DC Fast Chargers:

DCFC Power Level General Market Rebate (including Unincorporated communities) Disadvantaged Community (DAC)/Low-Income Community (LIC) Rebate
50 kW - 99.99 kW Up to $50,000; or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less Up to $60,000; or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less
100 kW+ Up to $70,000; or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less Up to $80,000; or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less

A minimum of 25% of both L2 and DCFC funds in Mendocino County will be distributed to DACs/LICs. A minimum of 25% of both L2 and DCFC funds in Sonoma County will be distributed to unincorporated communities.

Note: Sites with a mail address in the cities/towns of Laytonville, Leggett, Ukiah and Willits are not eligible for DCFC funds.

All final rebate amounts are determined by the total eligible project costs. Find out more about eligible site types and eligible rebate amounts for DAC/LIC and non-DAC/LIC applicants in the FAQ section.

You will need the following to begin your application:

  • Authority to apply — All applicants must submit a completed Site Verification Form within 5 calendar days of applying
  • Installation site address
  • TIN/EIN for recipient of rebate check

Eligibility Requirements

Project cost requirements:

  • Design, engineering, and utility service request costs are eligible costs incurred starting March 31, 2020 but are incurred at your own risk prior to the date your funds are reserved (e.g. application may be determined ineligible, or funds may be unavailable at time of application)
  • All other project costs incurred prior to the date your funds are reserved are ineligible
  • Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis

Applicant requirements:

  • Be a site owner or their authorized agent with a Site Verification Form submitted within 5 calendar days of application date
  • 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

Installation site requirements:

DC Fast Chargers

  • Located in Mendocino or Sonoma counties
    • Sites with a mail address in the cities/towns of Laytonville, Leggett, Ukiah and Willits are not eligible for DCFC funds.
  • Chargers are publicly available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
  • Charger(s) must not be located behind a fence or in a gated parking lot closed to the public after hours
  • Premises must be well-lit, secure, and in compliance with all federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations
  • Be an eligible site: airport, casino, city/county/privately-owned parking lot or garage, college/university, gas station, grocery store, hospital, hotel, library, public transit hub, restaurant, retail shopping center, sheriff/police station, urban/suburban retail core, or curbside charging
  • All eligible DC fast charger sites are also eligible for Level 2 chargers as part of a combination application

Level 2 Chargers

  • Located in Mendocino or Sonoma counties
  • Premises must be well-lit, secure, and in compliance with all federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations
  • Be an eligible site: commercial (public availability), workplace (Public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (Public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), public facility, light-duty fleet use (Public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), or curbside charging

Equipment requirements:

DC Fast Chargers

  • New EV charging equipment
  • Purchased after the application Funds Reserved date
  • Include DCFC dual standard chargers with both CHAdeMO and SAE CCS connector options
  • Networked: Equipment and network must have remote diagnostics and be capable of “remote start.” Must also be capable of usage data collection. Minimum 5-year networking agreement (eligible towards total project cost)
  • Capable of 50 kW or greater
  • If payment is required, must accept some form of credit cards and multiple forms of payment
  • Must be approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL)

Level 2 Chargers

  • New EV charging equipment 
  • Purchased after the application Funds Reserved date
  • ENERGY STAR® Certified
  • Networked: Equipment and network must have remote diagnostics and be capable of “remote start.” Must also be capable of usage data collection. Minimum 2-year networking agreement (eligible towards total project cost)
  • Capable of 6.2 kW or greater per connector
  • If payment is required, must accept some form of credit cards and multiple forms of payment

Eligible Equipment Costs

Eligible Costs

The following equipment and costs are eligible for rebate funds under a Level 2 or DC fast charger application:

  • Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)
  • Transformer
  • Electric Panels
  • Energy storage equipment
  • Installation costs (labor and materials)
  • Utility service order
  • Planning and engineering design costs
  • Project signage
  • Network agreement with network provider
  • Extended warranties
  • Stub-outs
  • Demand management equipment

Permits as required by authorities having jurisdiction are not eligible costs. Rebate funds do not cover solar panels.

Application Process

It’s easy, just follow the steps below to apply for your rebate:

DC Fast Chargers or Combination DC Fast Charger/Level 2 Charger

be eligible

1. Be an eligible applicant with a qualified installation site.

apply online

2. Apply online prior to purchasing and installing the EV charger(s) and equipment. Note: design, engineering, and utility service requests costs are eligible (at applicant’s risk) starting March 31, 2020.

5 days

3. Upload and submit a completed Site Verification Form within 5 calendar days to avoid application cancellation.

450 days

4. We review your application and confirm eligibility. Once your application is qualified, your rebate funds are reserved, and you have 450 calendar days (15 months) to complete your project.

60 days

5. Upload and submit required Evidence of Permit submittal or, if upgraded or new utility service is required for the project, Utility Service Design submittal documents within 60 calendar days of the Funds Reserved date to avoid application cancellation.

up to 60%

6. After CSE acceptance of Evidence of Permit submittal or Utility Service Design submittal and within 240 days of Funds Reserved date, you can request a milestone payment. To request a milestone payment, you must submit a permit, signed application, and design invoice at a minimum.

If your project is complete and all required documents uploaded, final payment can be issued.

submit documents

7. Receive your rebate check in the mail within 15 business days for milestone payment of up to 60% of your reserved funds.

receive rebate

8. Submit your remaining installation documents online. We will review and process for final payment if full payment was not previously awarded.

receive rebate

9. Receive your final rebate check in the mail within 15 business days of application approval.

 

Level 2 Charger (only)

be eligible

1. Be an eligible applicant with a qualified installation site.

apply online

2. Apply online prior to purchasing and installing the EV charger(s) and equipment. Note: design, engineering, and utility service requests costs are eligible (at applicant’s risk) starting March 31, 2020.

5 days

3. Upload and submit a completed Site Verification Form within 5 calendar days to avoid application cancellation.

270 days

4. We review your application and confirm eligibility. Once your application is qualified, your rebate funds are reserved, and you have 270 calendar days (9 months) to complete your project.

60 days

5. Upload and submit required Evidence of Permit submittal or, if upgraded or new utility service is required for the project, Utility Service Design submittal documents within 60 calendar days of the Funds Reserved date to avoid application cancellation.

receive rebate

6. Submit your remaining installation documents online for CSE review and processing.

be eligible

7. Receive your rebate check in the mail within 15 business days of application approval.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Funded by the California Energy Commission, Sonoma Clean Power and Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project promotes access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by providing rebates for Level 2 (L2) and DC Fast Chargers (DCFC).

Please contact the project implementer, Center for Sustainable Energy, at sonoma-coast-calevip@energycenter.org or (707) 509-3400 for all project inquiries.

Project staff is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT to answer your questions.

Disadvantaged communities (DACs) are identified in the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool CalEnviroScreen Version 3.0 as developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Census tracts in the top 25 percent of CalEnviroScreen 3.0 scores are eligible for increased DAC rebate amounts. These communities are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.

Low-income communities (LICs) are the census tracts, respectively, that are either at or below 80 percent 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) 2016 State Income Limits.

You can view eligible LICs by visiting the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Project Map developed by the California Air Resources Board.

For the purposes of the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project, unincorporated communities are defined as unincorporated towns in Mendocino and Sonoma counties.
Charger/installation site types are listed on the next page.
The incentive amounts vary by charger type and location. Please see the next page for a full overview of incentive amounts.

Application Process

If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes after submitting your online application or requesting a link to create/reset your password, please check your spam/junk/bulk mail folders.

Make sure that sonoma-coast-calevip@energycenter.org is on your email safe senders list so you can receive our emails. To find out how to do this, reference the question below.

For guidance on adding our email address to your safe senders list, you will need the name of your email service provider.
A list of required supporting documents is available on the next page.
Submit supporting documents through an easy online upload or by mail. Please see full instructions on the next page.

Once your online application is submitted, CSE will review your application to ensure it meets all eligibility requirements. Once CSE review is complete, you will receive a Funds Reserved email confirming that rebate funds have been reserved for your application. For Level 2 only applications you have 270 days (9 months) from the reservation date to purchase and install your eligible equipment and submit the required documents. For DC fast charger or combination applications you have 450 days (15 months) from the reservation date to purchase and install your eligible equipment and submit the required documents.

Once all required documents have been uploaded, CSE will begin reviewing your documents. To complete the review process, we may need to follow up with you for missing or incomplete information. Once all documents are complete, your application will be approved. We typically issue rebate checks within 15 business days of application approval for a milestone and/or final payment contingent on available rebate funding.

Eligibility

There is no limit to the total amount of rebates an organization can receive, if incentive funding is available. However, an organization can have only a maximum amount of funds reserved on active and on-hold applications (applications that have not been paid out or cancelled) at one time. The maximum rebate amount for active applications is $160,000 in Mendocino County and $400,000 in Sonoma County.

Please check the electric utility bill associated with the installation site to confirm if the utility provider is PG&E. This is important as the cities of Healdsburg and Ukiah have municipal electric utilities and are not provided power from PG&E.

Applicants that are provided power by PG&E are asked to provide the electric account number for the site and the account holder’s name to determine if the application qualifies for Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) funds. Information on how to locate the requested electric utility bill information can be found on the next page.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is providing funding for this project over three years and to receive funds provided from SCP, the site must be an active SCP customer.

The Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District is providing funding for this project over three years and to receive funds provided by the District, the site must be within the District's jurisdiction. To determine whether your site is within the Air District’s jurisdiction, please refer to the Address Look Up tool on the District’s website.

For the purposes of the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project, eligible fleets are defined as 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.

Energy storage (ES) is typically a battery that uses a smart energy management system to charge and discharge as needed. Generally, ES is installed as a peak load-shaving strategy and can be particularly effective in reducing energy consumption from the grid while a DC fast charger is in operation. ES equipment is an eligible cost towards the project cost but is not required and will not increase the incentive amount.

Eligible applicants must meet all requirements listed on the next page.
Eligible sites must meet the requirements listed on the next page.
The goal of the project is to incentivize the completion of new EV charger installation projects only. Installations that have been completed prior to the rebate project start date are not eligible to receive rebates. Only costs incurred after the reservation of application funds are eligible for a rebate, with one exception. Design, engineering and utility service request costs can be incurred prior to the reservation of application funds but must be incurred starting March 31, 2020 to be eligible for a rebate.

Sonoma Coast Incentive Project