Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP)

Apply to receive a rebate for your next DC fast charger purchase and installation project!

DC fast chargers (DCFC)
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties
Up to $80,000

Available Funding

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.

Overview

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Rebate applications must follow project requirements to qualify.

  1. 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.
  2. Apply before available rebate funds are exhausted. (Rebates are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Applicant requirements:

  • 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

Equipment requirements:

  • 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

Eligible Costs

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.

Application Process

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.

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.
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3. We review your application and confirm eligibility. Once the application is deemed qualified, your rebate funds are reserved, and you have one year to complete your project.
reserve funds
4. Submit your installation documents, including permit and design invoice at a minimum, and receive a milestone payment eight months after funds are reserved. If your project is completed and all required documents uploaded before eight months, final payment can be issued.
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5. Receive your rebate check in the mail within 15 days for milestone payment of up to 45% of your reserved funds.
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6. Submit your remaining installation documents online. We will review and process for final payment if full payment was not previously awarded.
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7. Receive your final rebate check in the mail within 15 days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP) promotes access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Please contact the project implementer, Center for Sustainable Energy, at 858- 429-5177 or southerncalifornia-calevip@energycenter.org 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.

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.

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.
The incentive amounts vary by charger/installation type and location.

Application Process

Follow the process on the next page to apply for a rebate.

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 southern-californiacalevip@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.
Required supporting documentation is based on whether you are applying as a site owner or a non-site owner. Required documents needed to be submitted before the project completes, but after rebate funds have been reserved.
Submit supporting documents through an easy online upload or submit by mail.

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.

Eligibility

There is no limit to the total amount of rebates you can receive, if incentive funding is available. However, eligible applicants are allowed a maximum amount of SCIP funds reserved on active and on-hold applications (applications that have not been paid out or cancelled) at one time.

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.

Eligible applicants must meet all requirements listed on the next page.
The site where the new DCFC equipment will be installed must meet SCIP requirements.
The EV charger(s) must meet all requirements listed on the next page.

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 southerncalifornia-calevip@energycenter.org.

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.

Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP)