CalChoice Associate Member Palmdale EPIC Promotes Clean Off-Road Voucher Incentive Project to Boost Adoption of Zero-Emission Tools

California COREEnergy for Palmdale’s Independent Choice (EPIC), an associate member of the California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice), is actively encouraging the use of zero-emission equipment by promoting the Clean Off-Road Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). The initiative offers substantial discounts, allowing small landscaping businesses to save up to 70% on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for electric tools.

CALIFORNIA CORE, established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 2017, aims to make zero-emission equipment more accessible by providing discount vouchers at the point of sale. The program ensures that zero-emission tools are just as affordable as traditional fossil-fueled options. The project primarily focuses on off-road equipment used in various industries, including ports, rail yards, distribution centers, freight facilities, construction sites and agriculture.

“CalChoice recognizes the potential of this equipment to significantly reduce pollutants in California,” said Executive Director, Jason Caudle. “Thank you to EPIC for supporting this initiative, as it aligns with the state’s clean-air regulations and climate change goals.”

To support the project, Senate Bill 170 has allocated $27 million to CORE, specifically targeting professional landscape service equipment used by small businesses or sole proprietors in California.

CORE operates through a simple process for eligible purchasers:

  1. Choose zero-emission equipment from the Eligible Equipment Catalog.
  2. Contact an approved CORE dealer.
  3. Provide the necessary voucher request information.
  4. Await voucher approval.
  5. Agree to the voucher’s terms and conditions.
  6. Purchase the discounted equipment.

The CORE project, part of California Climate Investments, is a crucial step in encouraging the adoption of zero-emission equipment. By reducing financial barriers, the program aims to expedite the transition toward a cleaner, greener future in California.