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Change-Out Programs

Updated November 14nd, 2016

Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program

Bay Area, California

Website: http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/residents/wood-smoke-rebate

Status: Open to highly impacted residents only as of November 2016

Location: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma Counties

Eligible fuels: Wood (uncertified) (certified) -> propane, electricity (heat pump), natural gas

Notable feature(s): One of very few programs that does not allow new certified wood or pellet appliances to be installed.
Incentive Amounts
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District provides $1,000-$3,500 incentives to residents to replace a wood-burning heating device with an electric heat pump, natural gas device, or propane device. The incentives are reserved for low-income applicants, applicants in areas highly impacted by wood stoves, and residents who use wood as a sole source of heat. Alternatively, residents can receive $750 for decommissioning a fireplace.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.

Procedure
Applicants must apply to have their project approved and receive a Notice to Proceed from the Air District before proceeding. Approved projects will receive a reimbursement rebate after completion.

Requirements
Applicants must own a residential property located with the Air Districtís jurisdiction. The Bay Area will ban the use of uncertified wood stoves beginning in November 2016 (residents without other heating options must acquire an EPA certified wood stove and register the device with the District).

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact the Grants Programs Information Request Line at (415) 749-4994.