Rebates and Incentives

Electric Vehicle Credits and Rebates

cvrp-logoFor electric vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009, the federal Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D) tax credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle that draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours. The total amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle is limited to $7,500.

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Since 2010, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has put over 100,000 clean vehicles on California roads. California residents get up to a $1,500 rebate in addition to the federal tax credit for the purchase or lease of a new, eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicle.

Save Our Water California

sow_logo_lrgTurf Replacement Rebate

A new statewide rebate program is now available to help residential customers replace thirsty lawn with beautiful low-water use plants. This program will be run entirely through the State, not individual cities.

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering residential customers $2 per square foot (up to $2,000 total) for removing their lawn and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants, mulch, permeable pavers and efficient drip irrigation. Artificial turf is not eligible for the rebate, and projects must be completed within 90 days.

About $12 million in rebates is available statewide, including for the Sacramento region, while $10 million is reserved for disadvantaged and drought-impacted communities, primarily located in the San Joaquin Valley.

Statewide rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to go fast. The program implements Governor Brown’s Executive Order issued in April directing DWR and local water agencies to replace 50 million square feet of turf statewide with drought-tolerant landscapes.

Most household water is used for landscape watering, with lawn typically one of the thirstiest plants in a garden. Reducing or eliminating lawn can make a significant impact on the state’s water use.

Details, eligibility guidelines and an application are available at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.

Toilet Rebate

[Funds no longer available.] The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering a rebate program for replacing toilets at California single-family residences to support the State’s drought response. Up to $100 will be rebated for purchase and installation of one qualified high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household for replacement of a less-efficient toilet (using more than 1.6 gallons per flush).

The $6 million toilet rebate program, also funded through Proposition 1, will help Californians replace approximately 60,000 old, inefficient toilets.

Details, eligibility guidelines and an application are available at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.


 PG&E

PG&E provides rebates for appliance and home systems plus other ways to save on energy. Check out the links below for more information.

Residential Rebates

Business Rebates


Federal Rebates and Tax Credits

Find out more: https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

Renewable Energy Federal Tax Credit – Solar and Solar Hot Water

energy-star-logoTaxpayers may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the installation is completed. If the installation is at a new home, the “placed in service” date is the date of occupancy by the homeowner. Expenditures include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system to the home. If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year. The maximum allowable credit, equipment requirements and other details vary by technology, as outlined below.

Solar-electric

  • 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
  • 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022
  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2021.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Solar water-heating

  • 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
  • 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022
  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2021.
  • Equipment must be certified for performance by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.
  • At least half the energy used to heat the dwelling’s water must be from solar in order for the solar water-heating property expenditures to be eligible.
  • The tax credit does not apply to solar water-heating property for swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Renewable Energy Federal Tax Credits through 2016 – Other Measures

For details go to http://energy.gov/savings/residential-renewable-energy-tax-credit


Cal Aggie Alumni Solar Rebate

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association  partners with SunPower to bring solar to your roof.  As a UC Davis alumnus, you’re eligible to receive a special $500 mail-in rebate with the purchase or lease of a SunPower home solar system.

 


Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California lists rebates and incentives for a wide range of projects and entities.

  • Rebates for energy-saving measures done to homes
  • Discounts for energy reductions
  • Rebates for energy-efficient appliances
    • Rebates and incentives for solar installation

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs

Davis property owners are eligible to participate in three Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs within Yolo County. The programs include energy and water use efficiency financing options including solar panels, lighting, and indoor and outdoor water use efficiency projects. PACE is a financing tool offered by a third party vendor that property owners can use to make energy and/or water efficiency upgrades to their home or business.

The three vendors authorized to provide PACE Programs in Yolo County are CaliforniaFirst, HERO, and Ygrene. PACE financing programs are offered in many parts of the state through both public agencies (Sonoma County Water District, Placer County) and public/private and public/non-profit partnerships (California First, Ygrene, HERO, Fig Tree, etc.).

The non-profit Center for Sustainable Energy provides a useful FAQ section on PACE programs.

Cool Davis highlights PACE programs as a service to Davis property owners but does not necessarily endorse any individual providers.


City of Davis

For more information about rebates and incentives, visit the City of Davis Conservation Rebates page.

 

 

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