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The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project will begin accepting Applications on July 8, 2020: 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

Originally published on Sonoma Coast Incentive Project, Implemented by CSE for the California Energy Commission

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

Sonoma Coast Implementation Manual

Sonoma Coast Site Verification Form

Sonoma Coast Eligible Equipment

Sonoma Coast Sample Supporting Documents

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 and to download applications here

Featured Image Tesla Model 3 charging at California EVgo charging station, courtesy of Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

 
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