Incentives for EV Charging on Multifamily Properties

Available Now!

Nearly half of residents in our area live in apartments, and apartment dwellers are almost likely as single-family homeowners to want to purchase an electric vehicle. But many apartments don’t have a place for residents to charge. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is offering incentives of up to $45,000 for installing Level 1 and Level 2 chargers at multifamily properties. We hope to make it easier for multifamily residents to switch to driving electric vehicles.

Incentive Details

Multifamily property owners with at least four units can apply. You must have completed the SVCE FutureFit EV Assist Program first. Through FutureFit EV Assist, we are providing a free technical assessment of whether electric vehicle chargers can be installed on your property.  If you haven’t completed that program, it’s the place to start.

To be eligible for incentives, you must install at least four outlets or ports. The incentive amount for each type of outlet or port is indicated below:

Equipment Incentive Amount
Level 1 Outlet $1,000 per outlet
Smart Level 1 Outlet $2,000 per outlet
Level 2 Port $4,500 per port
Panel Upgrade $4,000 per site
Load Management Technology $1,000 per site
Pre-wiring $2,000 per site

Please see Equipment Specifications for details.

You can receive up to $40,000 per site or 75% of total project costs, whichever is less.  For Affordable Housing properties, you can receive up to $45,000 per site or 100% of total project costs, whichever is less.

Get up to $45K in incentives!

Interested in installing EV chargers on your property? Apply today!

How It Works

1.  Before purchasing or installing the equipment, apply to reserve your incentive.
Review the Participant Agreement and complete the online Application prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. SVCE will send you an email confirming your reservation and will reserve your incentive for up to 9 months from the date of reservation.

2. Install the EV charging equipment.
Complete installation of your Level 1 or Level 2 chargers and, if applicable, complete your electrical panel upgrade.

3. Submit paperwork and feedback to receive your final incentive payment.
Once the installed chargers are inspected by your local jurisdiction, fill out the Incentive Claim Form. You will need to provide invoices showing payment, approved permit, proof of inspection and photos showing Serial Numbers of all installed chargers. You will also need to provide feedback about your experience via an online survey. We will mail your incentive check to you.

Timing

The program is open now and the funds are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. SVCE intends to incentivize about 15 new charger sites during the initial phase. Apply now while funds last!

Required Documents

Type When to submit
Application Apply now, one for each site
Participant Agreement Review and indicate agreement in your Application
Incentive Claim Form Upon completion of your project

Frequently Asked Questions

Multifamily property owners or entities authorized to apply on their behalf with at least four units can apply. You must have completed the SVCE FutureFit Assist Program first.

Level 1 Outlet, Level 2 and Smart Level 1 Port equipment are eligible. SVCE will also provide an incentive to upgrade an electric panel, if required to install the chargers. To qualify for panel upgrade incentives, applicants must be upsized to a new or expanded capacity of at least 200 amps. Incentives are also available for pre-wiring for future EV charging installations. See full equipment specifications here.

Please see the Participant Agreement for detailed agreements you will be asked to commit to.

No, you will not be eligible for SVCE funds if you receive funding from other entities.

Charger equipment, charger installation labor costs, electric panel upgrade costs and utility-side infrastructure upgrade costs are eligible. Note that all work and equipment purchases must occur after the date of reservation of funds. Planning and design work are permissible prior to the reservation date.

The incentive amount will vary depending on the total project cost. A site can receive per site up to $40,000 or 75% of total project costs, whichever is less, or up to $45,000 or 100% of total project costs, whichever is less, for Affordable Housing properties.

To reserve funds for your incentives, you will need to submit a quote from an electric vehicle equipment installer and a photo of your existing electric panel if upgrading it.

Once the project is completed, to claim your incentive, you will be asked to provide a number of supporting documents, including equipment and contractor invoices showing payment, photos of newly installed equipment, permit and proof of inspection. You will also be asked to complete a short survey about your experience. The incentive check will be mailed to you shortly after.

Please see the link located on this page to the Incentive Claim Form. You will be able to attach the documents in a simple “drag & drop” format through a secure DocuSign portal. There is no need for login or creating an account.

Chargers only need to be made available to the tenants living on your multifamily property.

Only electric vehicle charging equipment and electric panels with the start-of-installation date occurring after the application has been approved by SVCE and rebate funds have been reserved for the Planning and design work is permissible prior to signing.

Contact us at SVCEprograms@smud.org. We’d be happy to answer any questions.