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Woodsmoke Reduction Program

This program is currently out of funding - however we are accepting complete applications for our waitlist. Only 10 waitlist applicants will be accepted. 

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is implementing the Woodsmoke Reduction Program throughout San Luis Obispo County.  The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of a statewide program supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program that provides grants, as shown in the table below, to qualified applicants who replace existing wood burning stoves or fireplaces that are used as a primary source of heat in their home.  Applicants can replace their old device with a natural gas, propane heating device, or a U.S. EPA certified wood stove or wood stove insert. Questions about our program and to see if you qualify, email us at woodsmoke@slocleanair.org.

Program Guidelines - Click Here

Woodsmoke Reduction Program Change-Out Application - Click Here

Approved Participating Vendors List

** NEW Program Requirements/Features **

  • We now offer expanded change out options – such as wood to wood or wood to gas/propane.
  • Eligible projects will be awarded first-come, first-served.
  • From July 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018 we will be accepting applications from all residents, county-wide, however we will be giving preference to low-income households.
  • Beginning September 1, 2018, we will begin processing applications from all applicants regardless of income level.
  • Low-income applicants that can demonstrate eligibility may be eligible to receive an Enhanced Incentive amount.
  • Applicants MUST certify that their wood burning device is used as a primary source of heat in their home and specify the annual amount of wood they burn.
  • Applicants must work with an APCD-Approved Dealership/Installer.
  • If you have previously applied for our historic Wood Burning Change Out Program, you will be required to submit a new application and application materials.

This program will be available for low-income SLO County households. Households that qualify for an Enhanced Incentive will be eligible to replace their heating device for little to no cost.

SLO County households that are not low-income can apply at any time, but funding will not be committed for their projects until after September 1, 2018.  Eligible applicants that do not qualify as low-income will qualify for a Standard Incentive.


If you would like to review the California Air Resources Board’s Woodsmoke Reduction Pilot Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Appropriation, they are accessible by clicking here

 

Helpful Tools & Websites

IRS website to request a summary of your Tax Return Transcripts if you are qualifying for a low-income Enhanced Incentive. 


Cord Usage Guide

**Please note, when determining usage on your application: a cord of wood is 4 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet, split and tightly stacked –  approximately 128 cubic feet (see the picture below). A grocery store bundle is typically 6-8 pieces of tightly stacked wood and is approximately 0.75 cubic feet.

0.00586 cord = 1 bundle (0.75 cubic feet)
0.1 cord = 17 bundles
1/4 cord = 43 bundles
1/2 cord = 85 bundles
3/4 cord = 128 bundles
1 cord = 170 bundles (128 cubic feet)

 

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program 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.