Incentives for EV Charging at Multifamily Properties
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.
Multifamily property owners with at least four units can apply.
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:
|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.
Additional Incentives Available
EVmatch – Smart EV Charging
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and EVmatch , a local EV charging software company, are partnering to install reservable EV chargers at multifamily residences. Included in the incentive program:
- Up to six free smart charging stations
- Access to $5,000 per charger for installation-related costs
- Five-year EVmatch charger management software subscription that allows EV owners to reserve publically available sharing stations
Eligible properties must allow public access to the charging stations during some hours.
This program is now open and available for a limited time. Please reach out with any questions.
Technical Support Available
Through FutureFit EV Assist, multifamily property owners can access free technical assistance every step of the way to install EV charging on your premises.
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.
The program is open now and the funds are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. SVCE intends to incentivize at least 35 new charger sites. Apply now while funds last!
Frequently Asked Questions
Multifamily property owners or entities authorized to apply on their behalf with at least four units can apply.
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.
Yes. When project sites combine incentives from multiple sources, Silicon Valley Clean Energy incentives may be reduced so total incentives do not exceed the applicable caps for a project.
Charger equipment, charger installation labor costs, electric panel upgrade costs and 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.
Affordable Housing is defined as residential buildings that entirely consist of units below market rate and whose rents or sales prices are governed by local agencies to be affordable based on area median income.
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.