Change-Out Programs

Updated August 26th, 2016

Greater Portola Woodstove Change-out Program

Plumas County, California

Website: grants-incentives/portola-woodstove-change-out-program/

Status: Active as of August 2016

Location: City of Portola, Iron Horse, Delleker, C Road, Mohawk Vista, Plumas-Eureka, Blairsden-Graeagle, Gold Mountain, Whitehawk, Chio, Johnsville & portions of Lake Davis

Eligible fuels: Wood (uncertified) -> wood (certified), pellet, propane, kerosene

Notable feature(s): Owner-tenant agreement allows stove replacements in rentals; mobile/manufactured home homeowners are also eligible; program is assisted by a part-time Spanish-speaking employee to help reach and work with the Spanish-speaking community
Incentive Amounts
The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District offers $1,500-$4,500 grant awards to residents in the Greater Portola non-attainment area of Plumas County to replace their uncertified wood appliance with an EPA certified appliance or a pellet, propane, or kerosene appliance. The higher range of incentives are offered to low income residents, residents who replace an uncertified wood appliance with a qualifying non-wood appliance, and residents who live within the City of Portola Sphere of Influence.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted. It will be held for five years: April 2016-August 31, 2020. Program funds are provided through the EPA’s “2015 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program”.

To receive a grant award, applicants must first submit a pre-application form to the District. Those who are approved must schedule an in-home estimate with a District-approved Retailer/Contractor. The District must approve the work before the Retailer installs the new device and recycles the old one.

Installation must be completed by a District-approved retailer. Old, uncertified devices must be surrendered for destruction. Applicants must certify that they will operate the new device according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the retailer’s instructions, and EPA BurnWise, and not burn treated wood, trash, or other prohibited materials. This program also includes follow-up training and a survey.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Change-out Program Coordinator Julie Ruiz at (530) 832-0102 or