Funds available for electric car charging stations

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The Air Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality has over $1 million in rebates available to eligible applicants interested in installing Level 2 zero-light-duty vehicle charging stations broadcast available to the public.

The division released the request for proposals for the public access Tier 2 charging infrastructure program rebates under Phase 2 of Volkswagen’s mitigation plan on March 21.

The RFP outlines how local, federal, and tribal governments, North Carolina-incorporated nonprofits and businesses, metropolitan or rural planning organizations, and air quality or transportation organizations can apply. part of the $1,070,877.

The application will not be available in the division’s grant management system until May 2. Applicants are encouraged to register for access to the system before this date.

A PDF version of the application is available on the program webpage for applicants to prepare all required documents for the online application. The webpage includes instructions on how to register with the grants management system and submit an application in the RFP.

A webinar at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 28, will discuss the grant management system. Online registration prior to the webinar is required to participate. Current users with access are not required to attend, but may attend for a call back on the system.

After the application opens in the Grants Management System on May 2, the Division will accept applications for the Public Access Tier 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program until there are no more funds.

Rebates of up to a maximum of $5,000 are available to government applicants and up to $4,000 to non-governmental organizations for each new charging port installed. Discounts will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify until funds are exhausted.

VW’s mitigation plan is part of a settlement agreement between the German automaker and the Justice Department on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency. Volkswagen sold thousands of diesel-powered vehicles with software that the EPA said was designed to cheat federal emissions testing, according to the state. Volkswagen’s mitigation settlement was $14.7 billion for violations of the Clean Air Act. The state Department of Environmental Quality manages North Carolina’s share of the VW regulations.

The division will host a webinar at 1:00 p.m. on April 4 on the Tier 2 Public Access Program RFP. During this webinar, staff will discuss the RFP and requirements and answer questions. This webinar is only for applicants interested in submitting applications for the Tier 2 Public Access Program. Registration is required to participate in this webinar.

For assistance with an application, email [email protected] with the subject line: “Tier 2 Public Access RFP” before submitting an application and before the deadline of submission.

Phase 2 of VW’s mitigation plan covers the remaining $68 million from the state of a nationwide settlement with the automaker. DEQ is allocating the full 15%, or approximately $10.19 million, allowed in the VW state trust agreement for ZEV charging infrastructure projects under Phase 2. Settlement funds additional will support the replacement of diesel vehicles with newer, cleaner alternatives, according to the state.

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