New Construction Electrification Program

Supporting All-Electric Affordable Housing

Overview

Overview

The New Construction Electrification Program will provide housing developers and homeowners with incentives to build all-electric housing. Housing projects must be built to all-electric standards for all energy utility needs including but not limited to water heating, space heating, and cooking appliances. Incentives are determined on a per unit basis and will be provided “downstream” to developers and homeowners upon successful completion of the project.

Eligible Housing Projects:

  • Affordable Housing Developments – $2,500/unit, up to $240,000 per project
  • Farmworker Housing – $2,500/unit, up to $240,000 per project
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) – $5,000/unit, $10,000 per customer

Benefits

  • All-electric housing is cheaper and safer to build. 
  • Building occupants benefit from cleaner indoor air and ultra-high efficiency appliances that provide greater safety and comfort.
  • All electric housing reduces greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutants by eliminating natural gas.
Eligibility

Eligibility

Housing Developers

A business entity whose core business is housing, real estate, and/or property development. All eligible projects must be built to all-electric standards for all energy utility needs. Projects must be enrolled in CCCE electrical service upon completion.

Agriculture Employee Housing Developer

A business entity whose core business is either in the agricultural sector or supporting the agricultural sector employee housing market. The housing project must be enrolled in CCCE electrical service upon completion. The developer must build a minimum of four farmworker housing units under one development.

Private Homeowners

Residential customer enrolled in CCCE electrical service and in good standing who is building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (“ADU”). All ADUs are eligible, including existing building additions and alterations.

Rebate

Rebates

Project TypeIncentive AmountIncentive Limit
Affordable Housing$2,500/unit Up to $240,000 per project 
Farmworker Housing$2,500/unit Up to $240,000 per project 
Accessory Dwelling Unit$5,000/unit Up to $10,000 per project 
Walkthrough

Steps

  • To apply, click the Application tab.
  • The applicant must provide at least one document indicating intent to build an all-electric project. Acceptable documents include:   
    • Plan set with confirmation letter from the architect describing how the building meets the all-electric requirement and citing relevant pages/schedules.  
    • Confirmation letter from the electrical engineer describing how the building design plans meets the all-electric requirement.   
    • For private homeowners only: manufactured home specs indicating all-electric build may be provided in lieu of the documents listed above.  
  • Upon application approval, CCCE will reserve funds in the name of the recipient to be held in a CCCE account until project completion and payout. 
  • Once funds have been reserved, Energy Programs staff will send a Letter of Intent (LOI) to recipients of the award. 
  • Funds will be reserved for a maximum of 3.5 years after the date of issuance of the LOI. 
  • Upon project completion, the award recipient will receive funds upon meeting the following conditions:   
    • CCCE staff confirms the building/s are or will be enrolled in CCCE electricity service.  
    • Applicant submits the following documents indicating that the development was completed as an all-electric building. 
    • Certificate of Occupancy -OR- Notice of Completion   -AND- Written notice from the applicable Building Inspector confirming that no gas infrastructure was built throughout the building and construction site. 
  • Extension: Applicants may submit one letter requesting an extension of reserved grant funds. The letter must provide a description of a good faith effort and/or demonstrate substantial progress towards completing the approved project. Staff will review extension requests on a case-by-case basis and communicate regularly with applicant to resolve. 
Resources 

Resources

ADUs tend to be significantly less expensive to build than new detached single-family homes and offer benefits that address common development barriers, such as environmental quality.


New Construction Electrification Program Documents

Application