Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  1. What is the Fresno County Incentive Project?
    The Fresno County Incentive Project (FCIP) is a project funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to promote access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Rebates of up to $4,000 per port are available for the installation of single port and dual port Level 2 EV charging stations at eligible sites in Fresno County.
  2. What is the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP)?
    The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) is a project funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy. Using a grant of more than $15 million by the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, CALeVIP works to remove a major barrier to EV adoption and support the state’s goals to improve air quality, fight climate change, and reduce petroleum use. CALeVIP works with local partners to design and implement electric vehicle (EV) charger incentive projects to support the installation of charging infrastructure throughout California.
  3. Who can I contact if I have questions?

    Please contact the project implementor, Center for Sustainable Energy, at 559-825-3247 or fresno-calevip@energycenter.org for all project inquiries.

    Project staff is available from 8am-5pm PT to answer your questions, with 24-hour voicemail access. All voicemails will be returned by the next business day.

  4. I want more detailed information about FCIP. Can I get a copy of the FCIP Implementation Manual?
    Yes. You can download a copy of the FCIP Implementation Manual, which contains detailed information about FCIP requirements and the processes associated with them.

Application Process

  1. How do I apply for a rebate?
    To apply for a FCIP rebate, follow this simple process:
    1. Add fresno-calevip@energycenter.org to your email safe senders list.
    2. Apply online at fresno.calevip.org prior to purchasing or installing the EV charging station(s).
    3. CSE reviews your application and confirms your eligibility.
    4. Rebate funds are reserved for your rebate. CSE sends you a Funds Reserved email and you have 180 days from the Funds Reserved date to complete your installation project.
    5. Submit your installation documents online within 180 days of Funds Reserved date.
    6. CSE reviews your application and follows up via email if anything is missing or incomplete.
    7. Once complete, your application is approved. You can expect to receive your FCIP rebate check within 15 days of application approval.
  2. How can I apply if I don’t have computer access?
    We can assist you through the application process if you don’t have access to a computer. Please call us at 559-825-3247 to begin the process.
  3. I’m not getting your emails. Where are they?

    If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes after submitting your online application or requesting a link to create/reset your password, please check your Spam / Junk / Bulk mail folder.

    Make sure that fresno-calevip@energycenter.org is on your email safe senders list so you can receive our emails. To find out how to do this, reference the question below.

    Request a new password.

  4. How do I add fresno-calevip@energycenter.org to my email safe sender’s list?
    For guidance on adding our email address to your safe sender’s list, click the name of your email service provider below:

    What is an email safe sender’s list?

    Periodically check your Spam / Junk / Bulk mail folders in case one of our emails still gets caught in your filters. Some of our emails come directly from the specialist handling your application (example: firstName.lastName@energycenter.org), so please add any email address that you receive from us to your safe senders list and/or Contacts.

  5. What supporting documents do I need to submit for my application?

    For Site Owners:

    • A signed copy of your FCIP Application Form.
    • A complete copy of the purchase invoice for equipment.
    • A complete copy of the purchase invoice for all installation costs.
    • A copy of your permit or final inspection card.
    • Two photos of installed and operational equipment.
    • A photo of each equipment serial number.
    • A copy of a network agreement with a one (1) year minimum term.

    For Non-Site Owners:

    • A signed Site Verification Form providing confirmation that the applicant is allowed to install the equipment at the site.
    • A signed copy of your FCIP Application Form.
    • A complete copy of the purchase invoice for equipment.
    • A complete copy of the purchase invoice for all installation costs.
    • A copy of your permit or final inspection card.
    • Two photos of installed and operational equipment.
    • A photo of each equipment serial number.
    • A copy of a network agreement with a one (1) year minimum term.

    View Sample Supporting Docs PDF

  6. How do I submit my supporting documents?

    Easy Online Upload

    1. Log in with your email and password.
    2. Upload and submit your supporting documents online.

    Mail:

    We recommend uploading your documents if possible.

    Please mail your supporting documentation to:

    Center for Sustainable Energy
    Fresno County Incentive Project
    9325 Sky Park Ct. Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92123

    You can expect an email notification once your application materials are received.

  7. How will an applicant know if he or she gets the rebate or not?
    Once your online application is submitted, CSE will review your application to ensure it meets all eligibility requirements. Once CSE review is complete, you will receive a Funds Reserved email confirming that rebate funds have been reserved for your application. You will have 180 calendar days from the Funds Reserved date to purchase and install your eligible equipment, and submit your installation documents.
  8. My application has been approved. When will I receive my rebate check?
    We typically issue rebate checks within 15 calendar days of application approval contingent on available rebate funding.

Eligibility

  1. How many rebates can I receive?

    Eligible applicants can receive a maximum of $60,000 in rebates per calendar year (January 1 - December 31), based on the application received date.

    Additionally, a maximum of 10 ports per site location can be rebated. Dual port chargers are counted as two ports and single port chargers are counted as one port.

  2. What are the applicant requirements?

    Eligible applicants must meet requirements that include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Submit a FCIP application before equipment purchase and installation dates and prior to exhaustion of available rebate funds. Equipment purchased or installed prior to application will not be eligible to receive a rebate.

    • Be an authorized representative of a qualified commercial, workplace, multi-unit dwelling, or public facility installation site. FCIP defines an authorized representative as a site owner or an individual that has received permission from the site owner to apply on behalf of a qualified site.

    • Be a business or government entity that is based in California or has a California-based affiliate at the time of application.

      1. California business entities and non-California business entities that conduct intrastate business in California and are required to register with the California Secretary of State must do so and be in good standing in order to receive a rebate. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, applicants should contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible. For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at: www.sos.ca.gov.
      2. Sole proprietorships and DBA’s (Doing Business As; also, called fictitious business name, assumed business name, or trade name) cannot apply as a business and must instead apply as a sole proprietorship.

    • Have the new Level 2 electric vehicle charger(s) installed by a qualified and licensed contractor in accordance with all local, state, and federal codes, permitting, and inspection requirements.

    • Obtain any required permits and comply with all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws, rules, codes, and regulations for work performed for the rebate.

    • Ensure the charger(s) shall remain in service at the project site address for a minimum of twelve (12) months.

    • Submit information to the Alternative Fuels Data Center station locator tool for all charging stations rebated through FCIP.

    • Submit one (1) year of utilization data to CSE.

    • Be available for follow-up inspection if requested by CSE or the Energy Commission.

    • Energy Commission reserves the right to request voluntary participation from rebate recipients in ongoing research efforts that support FCIP goals.

    Detailed information about these requirements and the processes associated with them can be found in the FCIP Implementation Manual.

  3. What are the site requirements?

    The site where the new Level 2 electric vehicle charger(s) will be installed must:

    • Be located at a site address in Fresno County, California.

    • Not be a single-family residence. Residential single-family properties are ineligible as site locations regardless of their use as a place of business. Multifamily residences that apply for a charger to be installed at a dedicated parking space or garage are ineligible.

    • Be well-lit, secure, and in compliance with all federal, state, and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations.
  4. What are the EV charging station requirements?

    The EV charger(s) must:

    • Be a hardwired Level 2 device.

    • Be new equipment installed for the first time, hardwired on a wall or pedestal mounting at the corresponding site address. Resale units, rebuilt, rented, received from warranty insurance claims, won as a prize, or new parts installed in existing units do not qualify.

    • Utilize the SAE J1772 charging connector.

    • Be networked, which is defined as a charger connected to a backend network operations center.

    • Be capable of delivering electricity to a plug-in electric vehicle at a minimum rate of 6.2 kilowatts.

    • Have 1- 10 ports per site. A maximum of 10 ports per site location can be rebated by FCIP.

    • Use an open standard protocol as a basic framework for purposes of network interoperability.

    • Be ENERGY STAR® certified.

    • Be approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program for EVSE testing and certification.
  5. Why don’t I see the EV charging station that I want to install on the eligibility list?

    EV chargers must meet a number of requirements for FCIP eligibility. More information on the requirements for EV charging stations is available in the question above.

    If the EV charging station you want to install is not listed as an eligible charging station, we highly recommend contacting CSE directly (559-825-3247 or fresno-calevip@energycenter.org) to determine eligibility.

    You may also enter the unlisted charging station in the “Other” category when you apply and CSE will review the equipment details to determine eligibility.

  6. What if I completed an EV charging station installation before December 20, 2017?

    Only projects started on or after the project start date, December 20, 2017, are rebate eligible. Only qualified projects pre-approved by FCIP are rebate eligible. The goal of FCIP is to incentivize the completion of new EV charging installation projects.

  7. Is there a deadline to apply?

    Applicants must apply before rebate funds are exhausted and can track available rebate funding in real time on the FCIP website.

Additional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

  1. Are there any other EV infrastructure incentives available in Fresno County?

    The Charge Up! Program provides incentives for the purchase and installation of EV chargers in the San Joaquin Valley.

    Eligible applicants include businesses, public agencies, and MUDs located within the boundaries of the Valley Air District which includes: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, & the valley portion of Kern County.

    Available funding is up to $6,000 for a Level 2 EV charger and up to $25,000 for Level 3 DC fast chargers. Additional information on the Charge Up! Program can be found at http://www.valleyair.org/grants/chargeup.htm.

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