The new program does $27 million in the incentives available to Californiasmall landscaping companies

PASADENA, Calif., September 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The California Air Resources Board today announced the opening of a new funding category offered through its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), which will put at the point of sale available to professional zero-emission landscaping equipment. This new category of funding, administered by CALSTART, has an allocation of more than $27 million voucher funds for professional landscape services operated by small businesses or sole proprietors.

Before voucher financing can be made available to these small businesses, manufacturers are now being asked to submit an application for equipment eligibility for the new program. Once evaluated and approved, zero-emission equipment will be listed on the CORE website as eligible for purchase using a coupon. Additionally, dealers interested in selling professional landscape equipment through CORE can also visit the CORE website to schedule the required training.

Those interested in participating in the CORE Project as an eligible Professional Landscaping Service Manufacturer or Authorized Reseller should apply by October 21, 2022. Applications received after 21st of October will be accepted, but the equipment or dealer may not be approved and listed in time for the program to open. If you plan to participate in the CORE project, please be sure to submit your application on time. For more information or to find out how to enter, visit www.californiacore.org and go to “How to Enter”.

Professional landscaping services equipment accounts for a significant percentage of greenhouse gas emissions and creates considerable noise pollution in the communities in which they are operated. This new voucher incentive, which should be open for applications from the end of October, will help offset the initial cost of purchasing alternative zero-emissions equipment.

Types of zero-emission professional landscaping equipment eligible for CORE vouchers include:

  • Borders
  • wire cutters
  • Blankets
  • Chainsaws and pole saws
  • Hand-held blowers and vacuums
  • Backpack blowers and vacuums
  • Walk-Behind Mowers
  • Riding Mowers/Riders
  • Chargers
  • Power management equipment
  • Batteries
  • Batteries ≥700Wh

“Professional landscapers often operate with very tight profit margins and may find it difficult to switch to new technologies,” said Jacob WhitsonCALSTART’s senior project manager, “CORE’s new good landscape incentives will make it easier for them to adopt zero-emission professional equipment for their businesses, while encouraging manufacturers to expand their offerings in this market.”

First announced in 2020, CORE incentives were initially only offered to cargo handling companies and fleets. From 2022, CORE has expanded to include the commercial port craft, agriculture and construction sectors in addition to the newly opened landscaping arena.

CORE is part of California Climate Investmentsa statewide initiative that uses billions of dollars in cap and trade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, improve public health and the environment, and provide benefits meaningful to the most disadvantaged communities, low-income communities and low-income people. income households.

CARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, well-being and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to achieve and maintain health-based air quality standards.

A national not-for-profit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, washington d.c.central Europe and partners worldwide, CALSTART works with more than 300 member companies and innovative agencies to build a thriving, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We are breaking down barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.

SOURCE CALSTART Inc.

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