Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP)
Apply to receive a rebate for your next DC fast charger purchase and installation project!
All applicable funds for Southern California Incentive Project are currently reserved. Any applications submitted will be retained in the order they were submitted. If additional funding becomes available, the Project will notify applicants on next steps.
Funding is displayed in real time for the four counties within the Southern California Incentive Project with a total funding of $29 million across the four counties shown below.
A minimum of 25% will be committed to Disadvantaged Communities within each county.
The Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP) promotes easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure by offering rebates for the purchase and installation of eligible public electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties – with a total of $29 million in available funds.
Eligible rebates include up to $70,000 per DC fast charger (DCFC) for installations at new sites and sites with stub-outs and up to $40,000 per DC fast charger for installations at replacement and make-ready sites. Installations in designated disadvantaged communities (DACs) are eligible for rebates up to $80,000 per DC fast charger regardless of installation site type.
Final rebate amounts are determined by the total eligible project costs. Rebates for non-DAC applications are calculated up to $70,000 per DCFC or 75% of total project cost, whichever is less. For DAC applications, rebates are calculated up to $80,000 per DCFC or 80% of total project cost, whichever is less.
Find out more about installation site types and eligible rebate amounts for DAC and non-DAC applicants in the SCIP FAQ.
Before you apply, make sure you have the following:
- Authority to apply - Only property owners or their authorized agents are eligible
- Installation site address
- TIN/EIN for recipient of rebate check
Rebate applications must follow project requirements to qualify.
- Apply before incurring any eligible costs that will be included in the total project cost. Expenses incurred prior to your application funds being reserved will not be eligible towards the total project cost.
- Apply before available rebate funds are exhausted. (Rebates are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)
- Be site owner or have site owner authorization to install
- Be a business, nonprofit organization, California Native American Tribe listed with the Native American Heritage Commission or a public or government entity
- Be based in California or have a California-based affiliate
Installation site requirements:
- Be in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino county
- Be a facility where chargers are accessible 24 hours a day, year-round
- Be an eligible site as defined in the SCIP Implementation Manual
- Be new, and purchased after the application Funds Reserved date
- Be DCFC dual standard charging stations with both CHAdeMO and SAE CCS connector options
- Be on the eligible equipment list or meet the equipment eligibility criteria as defined in the SCIP Implementation Manual
The following equipment and costs are eligible for SCIP rebate funds (other related items may qualify).
- Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)
- 50-kW (or greater) dual standard DC fast chargers
- One Level 2 (L2) charger (equipment only, warranty or network agreements are not eligible costs for L2 EVSE)
- Installation costs (labor and materials)
- Utility service order
- Planning and engineering design costs
- Project signage
- Advanced energy storage
- Network agreement with network provider for the DCFC only
- Warranty (service and parts) for the DCFC only
Permits as required by authorities having jurisdiction are not eligible costs. Rebate funds do not cover solar panels. Full details on equipment eligibility criteria are in the SCIP Implementation Manual.
Follow these easy steps to qualify for a SCIP rebate. Be sure to apply before any costs are incurred for starting an installation, and while funds are available.
Please contact the project implementer, Center for Sustainable Energy, at 858- 429-5177 or email@example.com for all project inquiries.
Project staff is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT to answer your questions, with 24-hour voicemail access. All voicemails will be returned by the next business day.
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.
We can assist you with the application process if you don’t have access to a computer. Please call us at 858-429-5177 to begin the 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. You have 12 months from the reservation date to purchase and install your eligible equipment and submit the required documents.
If your project is completed and operational any time prior to eight months (milestone payment), you can submit all documents to obtain final payment. By doing this, you will bypass the milestone payment and receive one check for the final rebate payment.
We typically issue rebate checks within 15 calendar days of application approval for a milestone and/or final payment contingent on available rebate funding.
One new Level 2 EV charger will be considered an eligible cost that can be included in the total project costs of each SCIP application if installed with the DCFC at the same installation site.
Level 2 EV chargers are not required to be installed with the new DCFC EV chargers, but can be installed simultaneously as part of the SCIP DCFC installation. Only the cost of the Level 2 charger will be eligible. Warranties and network service licenses and fees are not eligible costs for the Level 2 charger for SCIP.
Advanced energy storage (AES) is typically a battery that uses a smart energy management system to charge and discharge as needed. Generally, AES 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. AES equipment is an eligible cost towards the project cost, but is not required and will not increase the incentive amount.
EV chargers must meet specific requirements for SCIP eligibility. More information on the requirements for EV chargers is available in the question above.
If the EV charger you want to install is not listed as an eligible charger, we highly recommend calling CSE to determine eligibility at 858- 429-5177 or emailing email@example.com.
You may also enter the unlisted charger in the “Other” category when you apply and CSE will review the equipment details to determine eligibility.
Only projects that have not incurred any costs prior to the SCIP application funds being reserved are eligible for a rebate. The goal of SCIP is to incentivize the completion of new EV charger installation projects.
Applicants must apply before rebate funds are exhausted. You can track available rebate funding in near real time on the SCIP Available Funding webpage.