Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects
The deadline to submit applications was 1 p.m. PDT August 31, 2020. Up to $35 million will be awarded to eligible projects statewide through this competitive solicitation. Projects that benefit disadvantaged or low-income communities may be prioritized for award.
A second solicitation offering an additional $35 million is expected to be released by mid-2022.
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The following pertains to the solicitation for the first installment, which closed on August 31, 2020:
Eligibility and Key Requirements
Public agencies and private businesses are eligible to participate in this program.
Eligible projects include:
- scrap and replace forklifts (with >8,000 lbs. lift capacity), airport ground support equipment (GSE) and port cargo handling equipment (CHE) with new zero-emission technologies;
- repower ferries, tugboats, and towboats by scrapping and replacing marine engines with new zero-emission, all-electric or fuel-cell, technologies; and
- install shore power at berths that serve ocean-going vessels.
Key project requirements include:
- For replacement and repower projects, the old equipment must be scrapped (destroyed).
- Funded equipment must be certified, verified, or otherwise approved by the U.S. EPA or CARB for operation in California.
- Funded equipment must be domiciled in and operate in the State of California for the duration of its project life.
- Funding recipients must report annually on operations for at least three years.
A complete description of the eligibility requirements, application instructions, evaluation criteria, and other requirements is available in the Guidance document located in the “Resources” section below.
Required Supporting Documentation
The following is a partial list of key supporting documentation that was needed for completing an application. A complete list of all information required to complete the application is available in the Guidance document.
For All Projects:
- Documentation of general and property liability insurance;
- Documentation demonstrating compliance with CARB regulations applicable to all equipment owned by the applicant;
- Itemized quotes/costs for all proposed new equipment and infrastructure; and
- Applicant W-9
Additionally, for Scrap and Replace/Repower Projects
- Photos of existing equipment with engine tag(s);
- Usage records for calendar year 2019;
- CARB Executive Order(s) for the existing engine(s); and
- CARB Executive Order(s) or approval letter for the new engines.
Additionally, for Shore Power Projects
- Photos and an aerial map of the pier, harbor, or area where shore power system will be installed;
- Ownership records showing ownership or guaranteed use of land;
- Berth activity information for calendar year 2019; and
- Estimated Timeline.
The webinars covered the program requirements, applicant eligibility, project eligibility, the application process, and how to use the online application system. The following webinars were hosted:
- Friday, June 26, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM PDT
- Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2 PM to 2:30 PM PDT
Recordings of the webinars are posted in the “Resources” section for on-demand viewing.
- Guidance Document
- Eligibility and Funding Summary Table
- Online Application (Fluxx) User Guide (New Videos Added August 3, 2020)
- Questions and Answers (Last Updated August 25, 2020)
- Sample Funding Agreement (Coming Soon!)
- August 6, 2020 Pre-Application Webinar
- June 26, 2020 Pre-Application Webinar
We are no longer accepting questions regarding this solicitation. Answered questions are available in the Questions and Answers document in the “Resources” section.
If you need assistance using or have questions about the online grants management system, please email us at CaliforniaVWTrust@baaqmd.gov or call us at 1-844-9VW-FUND.