Grants & Incentive Refunds
DRIVE CLEAN! VEHICLE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
AQMD is accepting applications for the Drive Clean! program which will provide a $1000 incentive for the purchase of an Air Resources Board (ARB) White or Green sticker eligible vehicle. These are vehicles allowed to travel in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes at any time (i.e. without restriction).
Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements:
- Pre-Approval is Required. Previous vehicle purchases are not eligible.
- Reside in El Dorado County.
- Purchase/Lease a NEW vehicle on ARB’s White or Green sticker eligible list http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm
- Agree to own/lease vehicle for three (3) years within El Dorado County
Other requirements may apply and supporting evidence is required. Please see the Program Materials below for complete details.
Drive Clean! Miles Logged (as of Jan 2017)
- Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Miles: 690,925
- Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) Miles*: 535,476
- Total Drive Clean! Miles Logged: 1,226,401
Total Annual Emissions Reduced by Drive Clean!
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): 1.19 tons
- Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx): 0.87 tons
- Carbon Monoxide (CO): 11.2 tons
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2, a GHG): 465 tons
*Only 50% of PZEV miles assumed to be emissions free
Source: US EPA, "Average Annual Emissions Fuel Consumption for gasoline-Fueled Passenger Cars and Light Trucks", Oct 2008
INCENTIVE WOOD STOVE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
Chimney Smoke Reduction Incentive Program (RIP)
On July 17, 2007, the Board of Directors approved $55,000 to fund the woodstove/fireplace replacement incentive program (Chimney Smoke RIP), to encourage homeowners to permanently remove or replace older wood stoves or fireplaces with cleaner burning devices to improve winter air quality through reduction of particulate matter (PM) emissions caused by inefficient residential wood combustion.
On March 13, 2013, the Board increased the incentive amount to:
- $500.00 for removal of old wood burning device and replacement with a new EPA Phase II certified wood stove, fireplace insert, or pellet stove.
- $600.00 for removal of old wood burning device and use of existing or installation of a new electric, natural gas or propane furnace or appliance.
Approximately 96 wood burning devices were replaced countywide in just a few months fully expending the Chimney Smoke RIP funds.
On April 29, 2014, the Board approved a new allocation of $148,234 to continue the program.
Tahoe Applicants: The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has provided $45,705 mitigation funds for an additional $300 to the amounts identified above for replacements within their jurisdiction (i.e., from Echo Summit eastward).
Finally, AQMD will pay for the cost of the associated basic Building Permit (if required).
AQMD estimates replacing another 247 wood stoves with these funds for a total annual emissions reduction of 24,700 lbs of pollution.
- You must FIRST obtain Pre-Approval from AQMD for project eligibility (site visit required). Pre-Approval is Required Prior to Removing Old Unit.
- The home must be:
- Woodstove removed must not be an EPA certified unit (uncertified).
- A completed application must contain:
Reimbursement checks will be issued directly to the approved applicants, until funding is depleted.
Total Number of Change-outs (as of Jan 2017):
- West Slope: 375
- Tahoe: 124
- Total: 499
Total Annual Emissions Reduced by RIP:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): 22 tons
- Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx): 1 ton
- Carbon Monoxide (CO): 73 tons
- Greenhouse Gases (CO2, CH4, N2O): 807 tons
- Particulate Matter (PM10 + PM2.5): 21 tons
*Replacement device emissions are included in reduction estimates.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
Funding may be available to help local businesses install Electric Vehicle charging stations.
AQMD is actively assisting in and promoting the rollout of EVSE to support Electric Vehicle (EV) use in El Dorado County. Through successful competitive grant applications, AQMD has quadrupled the number of publicly available EV chargers in El Dorado County in just over a year. The EVSE network is particularly sparse on Hwy 50 between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. If you own a business in this area, AQMD may be able to help fund EVSE and installation. Please contact AQMD at (530) 621-7501 for more information.
Visit our EV webpage to find out more about AQMD's efforts to assist in the EVSE infrastructure rollout.
AB 2766 (DMV FEES) MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS REDUCTION GRANTS 2016-17
The El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants 2016-2017. This competitive funding is available for projects that provide significant motor vehicle emission reductions at the lowest cost per ton of emissions reduced. Approximately $600,000 is available for projects. Matching funds must be at least 20% of requested and awarded funding or at least 16.66% of total project budget identified in application. The grant is competitive, based primarily on cost-effectiveness ($/ton emissions reduced) and Board preference. The deadline to submit applications is December 18, 2015 at 5 PM.
AB 923 SCHOOL BUS REPLACEMENT GRANT, FY 2016/17
(Deadline June 13, 2016 at 5PM)
Financial Assistance For Replacement of Qualifying Public Diesel School Buses
Funding of up to $400,000 to replace engine year 1993 and older diesel public school buses.
Financial Assistance for diesel vehicles needing to comply with Air Resources Board (ARB) Truck and Bus Regulations
The Ombudsman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is reaching out to small business development centers, economic development agencies, utility business representatives and others that may regularly interface with small business owners or those who hire or serve them. This is the first in a new effort to provide you with information on resources that may be useful to your customers. Attached to this email is a table identifying potential funding sources for owners of diesel vehicles operating at least 51% of the time in California who already should have complied or will need to comply with ARB’s truck regulations. Supportive background information on the regulation is also attached.
How to Use the “ARB Funding Programs: Vehicles and Equipment” Table
- Applicability: The resources listed in this table apply primarily to owners of light and heavy-duty diesel trucks /buses (gross vehicle weight 14,000 pounds or more) operating in California at least 51% of the time.
- Pending: This indicates that changes are being made to eligibility or other criteria to reflect recent direction from ARB’s Board. Check the website (see below) for updates.
- Reading the table: Website links to additional information appear in either the “Where to Apply” or “Comments” column.
- Caveat: While the programs identified are commonly available, funding availability varies based on a number of factors, including demand and whether the application is in advance of a compliance date. For that reason, your customer will need to contact the entity listed and confirm funding availability and the eligibility of their vehicle.
Related resources for your customers: For assistance, you may also refer your customers directly to ARB’s 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) hotline or Truck Stop website http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/tb/truckbus.htm).
ARB Funding Programs: Vehicles and Equipment
On Road Diesel Truck and Bus Regulation - Summary and status
Truck and Bus Regulation - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
ARB’s Office of the Ombudsman provides regulatory compliance assistance to small businesses across California. Please go to their website or contact them directly for additional information to support you or your customers.
Financial Assistance For Mandated Upgrades To Gas Dispensing Facilities
New funding (AB 96) is available for EVR Phase II upgrades through the State Water Resources Control Board RUST Program. There have been some changes to the requirements for both the new funding and the regular yearly allocation. If a station does not qualify for the AB 96 funding, it may still qualify for the regular yearly funding.
Heavy-Duty Low Emission Vehicle Incentive Programs
El Dorado County residents and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for Carl Moyer or Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation (SECAT) Programs qualified projects (reduction of air pollution from heavy-duty diesel vehicles) to Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD). SMAQMD manages grants from these two programs for several air districts, including El Dorado County AQMD, which are located within Sacramento Federal Ozone Non-Attainment Area (SFNA).
Thank you for working with us to improve air quality