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Federal, state and local incentives can reduce the cost of installing a home charger by hundreds of dollars. The eligibility rules and application processes vary from program to program, and can be quite complex. We work with you to make sure the process goes smoothly and you get the maximum allowable benefit. 


Electric Vehicle Charger. Known as the 30C credit. Available in rural or low-income communities. DOE and Argonne labs have released a tool for determining eligibility, “30C Tax Credit Eligibility Locator.” The tax credit is 30% of the cost of hardware and installation, up to $1,000.  Installations must be completed by a licensed California electrician.To claim the federal tax credit for your home EV charger, or other EV charging equipment, file Form 8911 with the IRS when you file your federal income tax return. For more information on the specific requirements and how to claim the credit, you can refer to the IRS website:


Clean Cars For All. This is an extension of the program that provides up to $9500 when a used internal combustion vehicle is replaced by an electric vehicle.  It provides up to $2000 for a new electric charger installation.  The qualifications are the same as for the vehicle replacement program.  After the internal combustion vehicle is turned into the dismantler, Grid Alternatives will contact the new vehicle owner about charging. In many areas with the owners permission, Grid Alternatives will have their own installers visit the property and recommend a charger installation.  In other areas, Grid Alternatives will provide a list of qualified installers (installers must be CA licensed and EVITP certified). If the cost is over $2000, the owner must finance the additional cost out of pocket or via additional grants. If the owner already has a 240 volt outlet, the program will provide up to $600 for a level 2 charger.


PG&E, Residential Charging Solutions. Eligibility is income specific. Income requirements vary by location and family size. In East Oakland for example, a family of 1 must have an income under $78,550, a family of 2 must have an income under $89,750, and a family of 3 must have an income under $100,950. The rebate is $700, and EV chargers must have load-management control and be on a pre-approved equipment list. Chargers from Ford, NeoCharge and EvoCharge are currently on the list. Installations must be completed by a licensed California technician.

PG&E, Empower EV Program. Up to $2,500 for an electric panel upgrade. For qualifying customers who purchased or leased an EV within six months prior to applying to the program.  Income eligibility less than $54,630 for a 1-person household, less than $73,240 for a 2-person household, less than $92,120 for a 3-person household. Must use Eagle Systems International dba Synergy Companies for panel upgrade work.

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