VW Settlement Phase 1-Level 2 Charge Program

Update for May 7, 2021:
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded the third and final round of rebates for Level 2 charging projects to be funded by the NC Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement Program for Phase 1. This final group of rebates includes twenty-eight projects totaling $297,534.00. To date, DEQ has awarded $1,143,534.00 in Level 2 rebates for eighty-seven projects from the $1.15 million available for the program.
Contracts for Phase 1 DC Fast and Diesel Bus & Vehicle Program awards are continuing to be processed. 
 

VW Settlement Level 2 Charge Rebate Program

Approximately $1.15 million was available in Phase 1 for the Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Level 2 Charging Infrastructure Rebate Program. This program was designed to expand the state's light duty ZEV charging infrastructure network.

Level 2 Charge Rebate Program Timeline

  • Release of RFP                                                                       November 17, 2020
  • RFP webinar for applicants                                                       December 11, 2020
  • RFP Revision                                                                          January 7, 2021
  • Q&A webinar for applicants                                                      January 13, 2021
  • Application open in Grants Management System:                        January 25, 2021
  • Rebate recipients announced                                                    As awarded in 2021
  • Claims webinar for awardees                                                    March 9, 2021
  • Final Rebates awarded                                                             May 7, 2021

Second Applicant Question and Answer Webinar

A second webinar was held on January 13, 2021, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff answered additional questions regarding the Request for Proposals and the application. A recording of the webinar can be found on the Application Workshop Documents tab below.

Claims Webinar

A claims webinar was held on March 9, 2021, to provide information on documents required for claims submittals in the À Grants Management System (GMS) and details on how to complete a claim request in GMS once Level 2 charging infrastructure projects are completed. A recording of the webinar can be found on the Claims Workshop Documents tab below.

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*Please Note*

How to Request New User Access to the DAQ Grants Management System

New users requesting access to the DAQ Grants Management System must email both the NCDEQ-AQ-GMS-ACCESS-AUTHORIZATION-FORM and the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov (an IRS W-9 form will not be accepted) for us to process your request. You will not have access to the Grants Management system until your request has been processed and you receive a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email. The Level 2 application will not be visible in the system until January 25, 2021. Required attachments uploads are also restricted until January 25, 2021, after an application is started by the user.

Eligibility:

Organizations that own or operate an eligible location may apply for Level 2 ZEV Charging Rebate Program. Eligible applicants include:

  • Incorporated nonprofits
  • Public school districts
  • Municipal governments and municipal authorities
  • NC State government agencies
  • Tribal government agencies
  • Metropolitan or rural planning organizations located in North Carolina
  • Businesses – corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, business trusts or other legal business entities incorporated in or registered with the NC Department of the Secretary of State
  • Air quality or transportation organizations
  • Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUD) - must serve site with ten or more dwelling units
  • Workplaces - must serve sites with at least five or more year-round and full-time employees; must not be limited to fleet vehicles unless employee and visitor charging is also available on site
  • Federal Government Agencies – Federal agencies that have custody, control, or management of land within or contiguous to the territorial boundaries of North Carolina.

Complete details on application eligibility can be found in the Request for Proposals documentation.

Program Details:

This is a first-come, first-served rebate program and will be open until all funds are exhausted. An application must be submitted to NCDEQ and approved for a rebate voucher prior to purchase and installation of the Level 2 charging equipment to qualify. Rebate voucher recipients must provide their own funding to cover expenses as they are incurred and submit proof that the project invoices have been paid, proof of project work completion, and other additional required documentation to NCDEQ. Rebate redemption requests for unpaid invoices will not be approved.

Rebate Amounts:

The NC Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program rebates will be available either as a maximum dollar amount or as a percentage of the total project costs, whichever is less. The table below outlines the percentage and maximum dollar amounts available by project type. The final rebate amount will be determined by the maximum rebate amount multiplied by the number of charging ports, or a percent of the total actual project costs, whichever is less. NCDEQ will not issue more than $25,000 in Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program rebate vouchers in total to any one applicant and/or location at any time. Rebates must be redeemed within 180-days of approval.

Project Type Accessible to General Public* Networked Maximum Rebate per Charging Port Or (whichever is less) Maximum % of Total Project Costs
Government Owned Property Yes Yes $5,000 or 100%
Government Owned Property No Yes $4,000 or 80%
Non-Government Owned Property Yes Yes $4,000 or 80%
Non-Government Owned Property No Yes $3,000 or 60%
Workplace or Multi-Unit Dwelling Yes Yes $4,000 or 80%
Workplace or Multi-Unit Dwelling No Yes $3,000 or 60%

*Public access requires a minimum of 12 hours a day of availability per week to the general public without restriction. 

How to Apply:

The Level 2 Application is currently closed for new applications to allow the Team to process the applications received. If funds are still available, we will reopen the application in the DAQ Grants Management System. Additional funds for Level 2 EV Infrastructure projects will be available in Phase 2.

NCDEQ will only accept rebate applications submitted through the NCDAQ Grant Management System website, at: https://www.ebs.nc.gov/irj/portal beginning January 25, 2021. Prior to using the Grant Management System, applicants must obtain an NCID then complete and return the NCDEQ-AQ-GMS-ACCESS-AUTHORIZATION-FORM and the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form and email both forms to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov for the organization to get registered in the system. Once registered and logged into the GMS, you will have access to tutorials on how to use the system, submitting applications and submitting claims.  If you have previously submitted an Access Authorization Form for the NCDAQ Grant Management System and received a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email, you do not need to resubmit this form.

Note for new users requesting access to the DAQ Grants Management System. Both the NCDEQ-AQ-GMS-ACCESS-AUTHORIZATION-FORM and the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form  are required with your request for access. You will not have access to the Grants Management system until your request has been processed and you receive a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email. The Level 2 application will not be visible in the system until January 25, 2021. Required attachments uploads are also restricted until January 25, 2021, after an application is started.

Reporting Requirements

All rebate voucher recipients are required to submit EVSE usage data to NCDEQ for the previous 12 months by January 30th of each consecutive year for a five-year period after installation of the charging station(s). Annual EVSE usage reports must be submitted to NCDEQ via the DAQ Grants Management System.

Rebate applications for Phase 1 will be accepted until funds are exhausted. To be notified for future Phase 2 announcements, please send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to daq.nc_vwgrants@ncdenr.gov.

Note: This RFP is only for Level 2 Charging infrastructure projects only.

Request for Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Documents and Workshops

Awarded/Funded Rebate Maps

Awarded/Funded Rebate Maps

Awarded Level 2 Infrastructure Program Rebates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 1 Zero Emission Vehicle Level 2 Infrastructure Program - Rebate Awards

Phase 1 Zero Emission Vehicle Level 2 Infrastructure Program - Rebate Awards

Application

Application

Review applicant eligibility and rebate amounts in the RFP

Rebate applications must be completed using the NC DAQ Grant Management System. Applications for Phase 1 is closed.

DAQ Grants Management System

Prior to using the Grant Management System to submit your rebate application, you must register with NC DAQ first. Both forms must be emailed to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov to be processed. Please use Adobe Reader to complete the Access Authorization Form for faster processing.

NCDEQ GMS Access Authorization Form

State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form (IRS Form W-9 will not be accepted in lieu of this form)

All rebate applications must include a completed NCDAQ EV Level 2 Rebate Funding Calculation Form.

NCDAQ EV Level 2  Rebate Funding Calculation Form

All Workplace applicants must include a completed Workplace Certification Form.

Level-2-Program-Workplace-Certification-Form

View an example of the information requested on the Level 2 Application

Sample GMS Level 2 Rebate Application and Spreadsheet

Helpful Documents

Application checklist

Register for an NCID

Link to Additional Resources

Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal

Application Workshop Documents

Application Workshop Documents

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) conducted two technical webinars to facilitate rebate applications for the Request for Proposals (RFP) under the VW Mitigation Plan.

Example Level 2 Rebate Application and Spreadsheet

December 11, 2020 - Level 2 Webinar Presentation

December 11, 2020 Webinar Recording

 

January 13, 2021 - Level 2 Webinar Presentation

January 13, 2021 Webinar Recording

 

Claims Workshop Documents

Claims Workshop Documents

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) conducted a technical webinar to facilitate rebate reimbursement claims for the Level 2 Program rebate awardees.

March 9, 2021 - Level 2 Claims Webinar Presentation

Claims Documentation Checklist

March 9, 2021 Claims Webinar Recording