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Community Air Protection Program - AB617

    

In 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) which directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction with air districts to establish the Community Air Protection Program (CAP). AB 617 provides a new community-focused action framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants in the communities most impacted by air pollution. 

Projects will be funded on a competitive basis and must comply with the Community Air Protection Incentives 2019 Guidelines, the California Climate Investment Guidelines and the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines. More information is provided in the Emission Reduction Program Overview and the Reducing Pollution in School Program Overview.  

More information on the grant program and grant applications for eligible project types are provided in the links below. 

Reducing Pollution in School Projects* Emission Reducing Projects**
Air Filtration Systems Battery Charging/Alternative Fuel Infrastructure
  School Bus Replacement
  Transit But Replacement
  Agriculture Equipment

* Only schools within the AB 1550 low-income areas qualify for this program. Schools within the 2018 self-nominated areas may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.
** Contact the APCD if you have other zero emission projects you would like to speak with us about.

Year 3 Schedule of Solicitation and Competitive Project Scoring

Schedule of Solicitation

Applications Accepted October 1 through November 30, 2020
Application Review Period December 2020 through January 2021
Posting of Considered Applications January 2021
Announcement of Project Rankings February 1, 2021
Remaining Funding Application Acceptance February 1, 2021 through 

 

Competitive Scoring for Emission Reducing Projects

The APCD will score potential projects based on the below table. Projects receiving the lowest number of points, based on the below criteria, will have funding priority. 

 

Competitive Scoring for Reducing Pollution in School Projects

The APCD will score potential projects based on the below table. Projects receiving the lowest number of points, based on the below criteria, will have funding priority. 

Community Outreach for the CAP Program

The CAP Program emphasizes the importance of implementing outreach to low-income communities. In the Spring and Summer of 2019, APCD staff attended community events in SLO County and solicited feedback from over 300 people. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outreach for the CAP Program was more difficult, however, staff will be posting an online virtual survey through Nextdoor to solicit feedback from the low-income and the self-identified communities in SLO County. Results of the online survey will be posted at the end of October 2020.

Year 3 Submitted Applications

A ranked listing of Year 3 CAP applications will be posted at the end of January 2021.

Year 1 & 2 Awarded Projects

The CAP Program emphasizes continued outreach through project implementation. To leave a comment about potentially funded projects or any other aspects of AB 617 or the CAP Program, email Jacqueline Mansoor at jmansoor@co.slo.ca.us

Year 1 or 2 Project Located in a Low-Income Community? Project Awarded Name Brief Project Description Award Amount Provided
Year 1 Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District This project replaced a 1989 diesel school bus with a Bluebird 72 passenger green power all electric bus. Paso Robles Joint USD was the only school bus application received that was zero emission and located in the low-income zone.  $176,550
Year 1  Yes Paso Robles Join Unified School District The project includes the installation of a level 3 electric vehicle chargers to power Paso Robles Joint USD new electric bus.  $255,970
Year 1  No City of Morro Bay (1205 Embarcadero) This project would install two public L2 EV chargers on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  $13,140
Year 1 No Paulo Pecora This project includes the installation of one level 3 electric vehicle charger in San Miguel, California.  $105,450
Year 1 Yes City of San Luis Obispo This project would help fund an EV ARC solar-powered L2 EV Charger at the SLO City Hall to be used for fleet and staff vehicles. $60,820
Year 1 Yes City of Grover Beach This project would help fund the City of Grover Beach Train Station Expansion Project by installing two L2 EV charging stations.   $17,650
Year 2 Yes San Luis Obispo Regional Transit This project would help fund SLO Regional Transit’s new bus maintenance facility by installing two Battery Electric Bus charging stations. $721,980
Year 2 Yes San Luis Obispo Transit The project would support the City of SLO’s transit services by providing funding for the installation of three Battery Electric Bus charging stations. $80,172
Year 2 No City of Morro Bay (1247 Embarcadero) This project would install one public L2 EV charger on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  $8,300
Year 2 No Hampton Inn This project would install two L2 EV public chargers at the Hampton Inn in Paso Robles. $21,030
Year 2 No La Bellasera Hotel This project would help fund 2 public L2 EV chargers at the La Bellasera in Paso Robles. $17,530
Year 2 Yes Cal Poly Corporation The project includes the installation of 1 level 2 charger at the Cal Poly Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Department to be used for fleet purposes.  $18,440

 

If you have questions related to the Community Air Protection Plan, contact Jackie Mansoor at 805-781-5983.

Community Air Protection Program Archive Page

Funding Source Acknowledgement

The Community Air Protection Plan is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

To see the results of all CCI projects, read the annual report here: http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/annual-report