Incentives for EV Fast Charging Near Multifamily Housing
The application for the first phase of the program is now closed. Check back shortly for updates.
First Phase Program Information
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is offering incentives of $10,000 per charger on top of state incentives for electric vehicle fast chargers. The goal of this program is to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption by residents of multi-unit dwelling (MUD) developments in SVCE territory. Nearly half of residents in our area live in apartments, but many apartment buildings face challenges in installing on-site EV charging. SVCE is thus providing additional funding for DC fast chargers that these MUD residents can conveniently access to help them make the switch to an EV.
Project Role Definitions: (one entity may occupy more than one role):
- Developer: the organization that typically evaluates and identifies sites, brings on an installer and does outreach to and secures an agreement with the site host
- Installer: the entity responsible for the construction of chargers at the site
- Site Host: the owner of the property where the charger is installed
SVCE-Identified MUD Clusters
Through analysis of customer data and coordination with member community agencies, SVCE has identified 29 MUD clusters in its territory that may have a need for nearby DC fast chargers. Proposed sites must be near enough to one of these clusters that they are serving residents – applicants will have the opportunity to explain the rationale behind their site locations in the application. The proposed site does not need to be physically within one of the MUD cluster circles drawn by SVCE.
To view a map of SVCE service territory with MUD clusters shown, please click on the button below. You can also reference the table below to map the MUD clusters yourself. Note that the clusters show where the MUDs of interest are – proposed sites don’t need to be within the cluster, but should serve the MUD residents therein. Each cluster has a radius of 0.25 mile from the centerpoint.
MUD Cluster List
|Jurisdiction||Cluster #||MUD Units Within Cluster||Centerpoint Latitude||Centerpoint Longitude|
|Unincorporated Santa Clara County||28||400||37.32390422||-121.9277216|
|Unincorporated Santa Clara County||29||400||37.37675604||-121.83182|
Applicants must meet the following requirements for the SVCE incentives.
- Sites must be located so they serve designated MUD residents (find the list of clusters below).
- All CALeVIP applicant, equipment, and site requirements must be met. SVCE’s additional incentives are contingent upon also getting funding from CALeVIP to help pay for the majority of the cost of the charging stations. There is $6,000,000 in funding available for DC fast chargers through CALeVIP. SVCE does not plan to provide its additional incentives to any sites that do not successfully make it into the CALeVIP program.
- Each proposed site should include some element of marketing and education targeting residents of the MUD cluster(s). Applicants should indicate all strategies that they will pursue, as well as how SVCE’s position (trusted energy provider) and information (customer email and physical addresses, other customer information) will ideally be leveraged.
This program targets DC fast chargers only. SVCE’s program has the same technology eligibility requirements as the regional CALeVIP program. As applicants must apply for and receive CALeVIP funding, SVCE is not publishing any criteria of its own. Applicants are encouraged to visit the CALeVIP website and monitor any developments around the Peninsula-Silicon Valley implementation to ensure they will be able to meet the CALeVIP eligibility requirements.
In addition to meeting the basic eligibility requirements above, each site will be evaluated based on a variety of factors. Some factors include: (1) the applicant’s rationale for site selection and how well the site serves designated MUDs, (2) the quality and perceived effectiveness of the education and outreach plan for MUD cluster residents and (3) how well the site fits into the overall portfolio of selected sites across SVCE’s service territory. SVCE reserves the right to consider any factors it deems appropriate.
SVCE will select the sites that will receive its kicker through a competitive evaluation process held after the application window closes.
Applicant Information (1 of 2)
The main section of the application needs only be completed once per applicant. This section will provide SVCE with some background on the developer and any application elements that are universal across sites. This section should also include a list of all sites that the applicant is proposing to SVCE. Please fully review the Terms and Conditions included within this section.
Please download the Applicant Information section and fill it out once.
Site-Specific Information (2 of 2)
For each site being proposed, the applicant must fill out one of these sections and include all of them in their application. This section will provide SVCE information on a specific site (location, site host, etc.) and will let the applicant explain any relevant site-specific information.
Please download the Site-Specific Information section and fill it out once for each site in the application (e.g. if a developer is proposing 20 sites to SVCE to see which are selected for the additional MUD cluster incentive, they would fill out this section 20 different times and compile them into the final application).
Grant Agreement (updated August 13, 2020)
This agreement will govern the payment of the additional incentive from SVCE to the selected awardees. All applicants must review this form and confirm that its terms are acceptable. After selection, awardees will also be required to provide a W-9 form before signing the Grant Agreement with SVCE.
Please download the Grant Agreement and review before signing the Applicant Information section.
Preparing the Application for Submittal
As noted above, only one application should be submitted for each applicant. Each application should comprehensively include all sites being proposed by that applicant, across all site hosts.
Please compile your application in the following order:
- Applicant Information Section
- Only complete one for the entire application
- Includes a list of sites
- Append any supplemental information to the very end of the application
- Site-Specific Information Sections
- Fill out a copy of this section for each site being proposed in the application
- Put in the same order as the sites were listed in the Applicant Information section
- Append any site-specific supplemental information to the end of that site’s Site-Specific Information section
Fully compiled applications should be submitted only once. Please send applications to SVCEPrograms@smud.org using the subject line “SVCE DCFC Incentive Application – <Applicant Name>”.
|March 2, 2020||SVCE Program Launch|
|March 13, 2020||Webinar for Potential Applicants (see below)|
Application Window (application review will begin in October 2020)
|December 2020||SVCE Notifies Awardees of Selected Sites|
|December 16, 2020||CALeVIP Program Launch|
|January 2021||Awardees Provide Proof of CALeVIP Selection|
|2021-2022||Awardees Complete Projects|
|2021-2022||Awardees Receive CALeVIP Payment, Inform SVCE|
|2021-2022||SVCE Pays Awardees their Kicker|
Who should apply?
The application is intended to be filled out by the EV charger developer. These developers are responsible for identifying, communicating with and recruiting site hosts for suitable projects. To simplify the application and review process, developers should combine all sites they are proposing into a single application (see instructions below). Note that there is no guarantee of receiving SVCE’s additional incentive, so all work and commitment to site hosts is done at risk. Other entities, such as site hosts, may submit an application but should coordinate with the developer of their project on answering the application questions.
SVCE has also created a one-page program summary for developers to use when communicating with site hosts, which provides some information on SVCE’s kicker program for MUD clusters.
Which sites are eligible?
SVCE is offering incentives for installations of DC fast chargers in specific locations—near designated concentrations of MUD developments (“MUD clusters”). Please find the list of MUD clusters and a link to a map in the last section of this page.
Each site must be near enough to at least one designated MUD cluster that it will clearly serve residents of the cluster (note that the fast charger sites do not need to be within one of the MUD clusters). SVCE’s evaluation of applicant sites will be based, in part, on how well the sites achieve this goal.
What is the process for getting SVCE's additional funding?
SVCE has designed the process to be as minimally intrusive as possible to entities that are already intending to pursue CALeVIP funding. Much of the SVCE process is built around CALeVIP.
Applicants can submit applications on an ongoing basis until the CALeVIP launch date. The first evaluation round started on September 30, 2020. Additional evaluation rounds will occur on a rolling basis – SVCE will attempt to review all applications received prior to CALeVIP launch, but cannot guarantee. Applications received earlier will have a better chance of being reviewed.
What funding is available?
SVCE’s program is additive to the funding that will be made available through the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). Selected DC fast chargers will receive a “kicker” of $10,000 (per charger) directly from SVCE.
The total number of sites that SVCE funds will depend on the quality and variety of proposed sites. SVCE anticipates funding kickers for a total of approximately 30 DC fast chargers through this program.