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Incentives for EV Fast Charging Near Multifamily Housing

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.

Apply Now! Application period extended to September 30, 2020.

Who is SVCE?

SVCE is a Community Choice Energy agency formed in 2016 by 13 local jurisdictions in Santa Clara County. SVCE supplies more than 270,000 customers with electricity principally from wind, solar and hydro resources, at a lower cost than PG&E. SVCE’s mission is to accelerate decarbonization across the region and increasing EV adoption is key to meeting this goal.

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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
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Which sites are eligible?

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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.

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What funding is available? 

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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.

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Who should apply?

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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.

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What is the process for getting SVCE’s additional funding?

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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 will submit their applications by September 30, 2020 at midnight (Pacific time).  SVCE will review the proposed sites and then inform the awardees of the sites selected for SVCE’s additional funding.  This will all take place prior to the launch of CALeVIP. Awardees will then be able to apply to CALeVIP with the knowledge that the selected sites are eligible for additional funding from SVCE. After going through the entire CALeVIP process (application, construction, approval and payment by CALeVIP), awardees will receive the promised kicker from SVCE.

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Applicants must meet the following requirements for the SVCE incentives.

  1. Sites must be located so they serve designated MUD residents (find the list of clusters below).
  2. 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.
  3. 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 on July 31, 2020.

Application Information, Documents and Program Timing

Be sure to read through this main section completely, as there are several elements to the application for SVCE’s additional incentive to support MUD clusters. SVCE-identified MUD Cluster information is available below.

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:

  1. Applicant Information Section
    1. Only complete one for the entire application
    2. Includes a list of sites
    3. Append any supplemental information to the very end of the application
  2. Site-Specific Information Sections
    1. Fill out a copy of this section for each site being proposed in the application
    2. Put in the same order as the sites were listed in the Applicant Information section
    3. 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 by September 30, 2020 at midnight (Pacific Time), using the subject line “SVCE DCFC Incentive Application – <Applicant Name>”.

Program Timing

SVCE’s timeline is shown in the table below. SVCE extended the application deadline from July 31st, 2020 to September 30th, 2020 in response to the most current information on the local launch of CALeVIP. SVCE’s Priority Zone evaluation process will occur prior to CALeVIP launch to ensure selected sites have time to prepare their CALeVIP application.
Date Event
March 2, 2020 SVCE Program Launch
March 13, 2020 Webinar for Potential Applicants (see below)
September 30, 2020 at midnight (Pacific Time) Application Window Closes
October/November 2020 SVCE Notifies Awardees of Selected Sites
December 16, 2020 CALeVIP Program Launch Placeholder
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

Webinar Recording

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
Campbell 1 1,400 37.2829619 -121.9376105
Campbell 2 1,000 37.27917949 -121.9543011
Campbell 3 500 37.29355317 -121.9645391
Cupertino 4 1,400 37.33604329 -122.0387676
Cupertino 5 900 37.32557732 -122.0490542
Gilroy 6 800 37.01337062 -121.5913449
Gilroy 7 400 37.01113337 -121.5653548
Gilroy 8 600 37.0005584 -121.5676421
Los Altos 9 1,400 37.40003381 -122.1074085
Los Gatos 10 700 37.23114882 -121.9752095
Los Gatos 11 600 37.26118938 -121.9643253
Milpitas 12 1,200 37.41369536 -121.9026682
Milpitas 13 1,500 37.41013809 -121.8896549
Milpitas 14 700 37.45521187 -121.916537
Morgan Hill 15 300 37.12665399 -121.6450137
Morgan Hill 16 400 37.12277026 -121.6528234
Mountain View 17 2,200 37.40598394 -122.1125123
Mountain View 18 2,100 37.39871987 -122.0983719
Mountain View 19 1,300 37.40537213 -122.0922157
Mountain View 20 1,300 37.39572071 -122.0897803
Mountain View 21 500 37.379524 -122.0634981
Sunnyvale 22 1,400 37.37602205 -122.0531128
Sunnyvale 23 1,400 37.38217446 -122.0535238
Sunnyvale 24 1,100 37.34241085 -122.0344089
Sunnyvale 25 1,800 37.38924897 -121.9932935
Sunnyvale 26 2,500 37.3658211 -122.0229993
Sunnyvale 27 900 37.35490721 -122.0140426
Unincorporated Santa Clara County 28 400 37.32390422 -121.9277216
Unincorporated Santa Clara County 29 400 37.37675604 -121.83182

Questions

For questions about this program, please contact: SVCEPrograms@smud.org