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Do you sell electric landscaping equipment? The Sac Metro Air District will be hosting a virtual meeting for interested merchants and dealers to learn about program funding, requirements, and how to become a participating merchant for the program. A recording of the meeting will be available on our webpage for anyone unable to attend. Please see below for meeting details. Click here to add the meeting to your calendar.
Operating a commercial lawn mower for one hour emits as much smog-forming pollution as driving a new light-duty passenger car about 300 miles. These and other small off-road engines (SORE) emit high levels of air pollution which can contribute to ozone and smog formation in our communities. To help reduce these emissions and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission equipment, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has established new emissions standards and expanded incentive programs in California. These changes include the phase-out of new gas-powered SORE equipment and updates to the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines that will help streamline funding for zero-emission equipment. The Sac Metro Air District is implementing this program for commercial lawn and garden equipment.
The Commercial Lawn and Garden Program provides funding opportunities for owners of commercial lawn and garden (L&G) equipment to replace their old combustion-powered equipment with zero-emission battery-electric equipment. Qualified businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits can purchase discounted zero-emission mowers, blowers, and other landscape equipment from eligible dealers and manufacturers through a voucher process. For this funding cycle, the Sac Metro Air District has allocated $500,000 toward zero-emission commercial L&G projects.
The maximum funding amounts per piece of
equipment vary by equipment type and are shown in the table below. The amounts include equipment costs associated with extra batteries
and charging cables. Approved applicants must purchase the new equipment from a
*Equipment for residential use is not available through this program
All participants must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please do not purchase or pay for the new equipment before applying for and receiving a voucher.
Reside and operate within Sacramento County
Be a landscaping business, a public agency, or a nonprofit that conducts landscaping work on a commercial scale
Own, for at least two years, operational gas or diesel-powered L&G equipment to replace with cordless, zero-emission equipment (only like-for-like replacements are permitted)
Intend to own and operate the new zero-emission equipment in California for a minimum of 36 months
Step 1:Check Available Inventory
Reference our Participating Merchant List below for available inventory being offered
Determine if you have existing combustion L&G equipment to trade in for new zero-emission equipment
Note that the new equipment must serve the same function and perform the same work as the existing equipment
Step 2: Apply Online
Complete the electronic application below and attach all required documents (e.g., photos of existing equipment, business license, etc.)
If you are applying for more than four (4) pieces of equipment, please fill out and attach the Additional Equipment Form with your application
WAIT for Air District approval (DO NOT purchase any equipment before receiving a voucher)
Step 3: Purchase New Equipment
Once the voucher has been issued, select a participating merchant from the list provided and use the granted voucher to purchase the new equipment
Vouchers must be used before their expiration date otherwise the participant will need to reapply
A point-of-sale discount will be applied to the purchase
Step 4: Surrender Old Equipment
Deliver old equipment to a participating merchant or recycling facility to be scrapped (refer to the Participating Merchant List for details)
Old equipment must be verified as operational, otherwise, it will be rejected
New equipment will be handed over once the old equipment is surrendered