General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Air Quality Management District

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Grants & Incentives


AQMD is accepting applications for the Clean Lawnmower incentive program which can provide up to a $200 incentive for the replacement (and disposal) of a gasoline or diesel powered lawnmower and purchase of a new cordless electric lawnmower.  

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, one hour of gas mowing creates the same ozone precursor pollution as 11 hours of driving an average car.

Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • Reside in El Dorado County. 
  • Currently own and operate a working gasoline or diesel powered lawnmower.
  • Purchase a new, cordless, zero-emission lawn mower (corded mowers not eligible).
  • Application MUST be approved by AQMD before you dispose of old mower, and you must dispose of old mower within 30 days of purchase of new, cordless, zero-emission lawn mower.
  • Surrender old operational lawn mower to:
    • El Dorado Disposal
    • Schnitzer Steel
    • South Tahoe Refuse
Remember: Submit your application to AQMD and have the application approved and signed by AQMD staff BEFORE you dispose of the gas or diesel lawnmower. Other requirements may apply, please see the Program Materials below for details.
Lawn Mowers Recycled to Date (April 2018 through June 2020):  448


Drive Clean! Logo

AQMD is accepting applications for the Drive Clean! program which provides a $599 incentive to County residents for the purchase or lease of an Air Resources Board (ARB) Clean Vehicle Rebate Program eligible vehicle. 

Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • Pre-Approval is Required. Previous vehicle purchases are not eligible
    • (Provide email address as pre-approval will be emailed back to you)
  • Currently reside in El Dorado County. 
  • Purchase/Lease a NEW vehicle on ARB’s CVRP eligible vehicle list:
  • Purchase/Lease within two (2) months of receiving pre-approval.
  • Submit all required documentation to AQMD within three (3) months after vehicle purchase/lease.
  • Agree to own/lease vehicle for three (3) years within El Dorado County.
  • One (1) Drive Clean! incentive per household.  Previous Drive Clean! program incentive recipients not eligible.

Other requirements may apply and supporting evidence is required. Please see the Program Materials below for complete details. 

Drive Clean! Miles Logged (as of June 2020) Only first three years of vehicle mileage counted.

  • Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Miles:                  6,243,147
  • Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) Miles*:  3,890,592
  • Total Drive Clean! Miles Logged:                     10,133,739    OVER 10 MILLION MILES!

Total Emissions Reduced based on miles logged

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC):                 10.17 tons
  • Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx):                                  7.39 tons
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO):                                     95.68 tons
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2, a GHG):                     3,971.76 tons

*Only 50% of PZEV miles assumed to be emissions free

Source: US EPA, "Average Annual Emissions Fuel Consumption for gasoline-Fueled Passenger Cars and Light Trucks", Oct 2008    

Chimney Smoke Reduction Incentive Program (RIP)


On July 17, 2007, the Board of Directors approved the woodstove replacement incentive program (Chimney Smoke RIP), to encourage homeowners to permanently remove or replace older non-EPA certified wood stoves or eligible fireplaces with cleaner burning devices to improve winter air quality through reduction of particulate matter (PM) emissions caused by inefficient residential wood combustion.

The current funding levels are:

  • $500 ($800)* for removal of old wood burning device and replacement with a new EPA Phase II certified wood stove, fireplace insert, or pellet stove.
  • $599.99 ($899.99)* for removal of old wood burning device and use of existing or installation of a new electric, natural gas or propane furnace or appliance.

*Tahoe Applicants: The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has provided funds for an additional $300 for $800 and $899.99 for replacements within their jurisdiction (i.e., from Echo Summit eastward in El Dorado County).

Finally, AQMD will pay for the cost of the associated basic Building Permit (if required).

To Qualify:

  • You must FIRST obtain Pre-Approval from AQMD for project eligibility (site visit required).  Pre-Approval is Required Prior to Removing Old Unit.
  • The home must be your primary residence in El Dorado County or Placer County.  Long-term rentals are eligible with some restrictions.
  • Woodstove to be removed must not be an EPA certified unit (uncertified).
  • Fireplaces with attached glass or metal doors are eligible. Open-face fireplaces (no glass or metal doors) are eligible if it is the only source of heat in the home (i.e., no wall furnaces, baseboard heaters, central forced air, etc.) 

Reimbursement checks will be issued directly to the approved applicants, until funding is depleted.

Call (530) 621-7501 to get started.  We can take your application over the phone and get you scheduled for a pre-approval inspection.

PLACER AND AMADOR COUNTY RESIDENTS!  EDCAQMD is administering a similar woodstove program on behalf of the Placer Air Pollution Control District and Amador Air District.  Requirements are slightly different than those listed above. Contact us today to find out more!  (530) 621-7571.


Total Number of Change-outs* (as of May 2020):

  • West Slope:           996
  • Tahoe:                    278
  • Total:                    1274

          *El Dorado County residences only.

Total Annual Emissions Reduced by RIP**:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC):                 50 tons
  • Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx):                                     1 ton
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO):                                    170 tons
  • Greenhouse Gases (CO2, CH4, N2O):            5,114 tons
  • Particulate Matter (PM10 + PM2.5):                  49 tons
    **Replacement device emissions were included to calculate the net emissions reductions shown here. This includes both EDC local program and state program. 

Additional Incentives:


Competitive grant funding available to help local businesses install Electric Vehicle charging stations. 

Electric Vehicle Sign

AQMD is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation to support electric vehicle (EV) use in El Dorado County. Approximately $300,000 is available for "charging station" projects in this round at up to $5,000 per charger (i.e., per individual EV connection). Matching funds must be provided in the form of grantee-provided electricity, designation of parking spaces, and availability to the public. Eligible applicants in El Dorado County only include: retail business operators, owners, and retail commercial property owners, cities, special districts, other political subdivisions and jurisdictions joined together by joint power authorities (JPA)s or memorandum of understanding (MOU)s, and non-profit organizations. Applications are being accepted until Friday, June 26, 2020 at 4 PM. Click on the RFP link below for grant guidelines and requirements. Please contact AQMD at (530) 621-7501 for more information.


CheckmarkFunding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER)

The California Legislature allocated $135 million statewide through Assembly Bills 134 and 109 to "reduce agricultural sector emissions by providing grants, rebates, and other financial incentives for agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors and other equipment used in agricultural operations."  As a smaller district, El Dorado County is part of the Shared Allocation Pool of $4.8 million of FARMER funding administered by Placer County Air Pollution Control District.  Eligible projects include:

Carl Moyer Program eligible projects engaged in agricultural operations, such as:

  • On-road heavy-duty truck replacement and repowers, 
  • Off-road equipment replacement/repowers of,
    • Off-road, mobile, diesel agricultural equipment ("farm equipment" per Moyer guidelines)
    • Off-road mobile, large spark-ignition (LSI) equipment, and
    • Agricultural irrigation pump engines.
Zero-Emission Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV)(funding up to 75% of the cost of new)
Ag Trade-Up Pilot Project

The complete FARMER guidelines can be found here:  FARMER GUIDELINES
To apply, contact the Placer County APCD at (530) 745-2330 and provide a FARMER Application

CheckmarkFinancial Assistance for diesel vehicles needing to comply with Air Resources Board (ARB) Truck and Bus Regulations 

The Ombudsman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is reaching out to small business development centers, economic development agencies, utility business representatives and others that may regularly interface with small business owners or those who hire or serve them.  This is the first in a new effort to provide you with information on resources that may be useful to your customers.  Attached to this email is a table identifying potential funding sources for owners of diesel vehicles operating at least 51% of the time in California who already should have complied or will need to comply with ARB’s truck regulations.  Supportive background information on the regulation is also attached.

How to Use the “ARB Funding Programs:  Vehicles and Equipment” Table

  • Applicability:  The resources listed in this table apply primarily to owners of light and heavy-duty diesel trucks /buses (gross vehicle weight 14,000 pounds or more) operating in California at least 51% of the time. 
  • Pending:  This indicates that changes are being made to eligibility or other criteria to reflect recent direction from ARB’s Board.  Check the website (see below) for updates.
  • Reading the table:  Website links to additional information appear in either the “Where to Apply” or “Comments” column. 
  • Caveat:  While the programs identified are commonly available, funding availability varies based on a number of factors, including demand and whether the application is in advance of a compliance date.  For that reason, your customer will need to contact the entity listed and confirm funding availability and the eligibility of their vehicle.

Related resources for your customers:    For assistance, you may also refer your customers directly to ARB’s 866-6DIESEL  (866-634-3735) hotline  or Truck Stop website

Additional Links:

ARB Funding Programs: Vehicles and Equipment

On Road Diesel Truck and Bus Regulation - Summary and status

Truck and Bus Regulation - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ARB’s Office of the Ombudsman provides regulatory compliance assistance to small businesses across California.  Please go to their website or contact them directly for additional information to support you or your customers.

CheckmarkFinancial Assistance For Mandated Upgrades To Gas Dispensing Facilities
New funding (AB 96) is available for EVR Phase II upgrades through the State Water Resources Control Board RUST Program. There have been some changes to the requirements for both the new funding and the regular yearly allocation. If a station does not qualify for the AB 96 funding, it may still qualify for the regular yearly funding.

CheckmarkHeavy-Duty Low Emission Vehicle Incentive Programs


El Dorado County residents and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that reduce of air pollution from heavy-duty diesel vehicles that meet the Carl Moyer guidelines to EDC AQMD.  Project proposals are accepted, evaluated and awarded on an ongoing basis.

El Dorado County residents and businesses are also encouraged to submit proposals for projects that reduce of air pollution from heavy-duty diesel vehicles that meet the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation (SECAT) guidelines to Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD).  SMAQMD manages SECAT grants for several air districts, including El Dorado County AQMD, which are located within Sacramento Federal Ozone Non-Attainment Area (SFNA).   Project proposals are accepted, evaluated and awarded on an ongoing basis.

CheckmarkVolkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

The Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust was established to fully mitigate the diesel NOx emissions caused by VW’s illegal actions. The mitigation plan for California includes a variety of grant categories available to replace diesel vehicles registered throughout the state of California.

California’s Mitigation Trust funding will be offered statewide and will be allocated across the five categories listed below. The categories and allocation amounts were approved by CARB through the adoption of the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on May 25, 2018, which was developed with public input and are based on technology availability, the market demand as demonstrated by other funding programs, and the ability of the project funding categories to fully mitigate the excess NOx caused by the subject VW diesel vehicles.

  • Zero-Emission Transit, School, and Shuttle Buses

  • Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects

  • Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks

  • Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Hydrogen

  • Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure, Electric

Information on the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust can be found at:



No Car Pollution GraphicThe El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants 2020-21 funding.  This competitive funding is available for projects that provide significant motor vehicle emission reductions at the lowest cost per ton of emissions reduced. Approximately $700,000 is anticipated to be available for projects. Matching funds must be at least 20% of requested and awarded funding or at least 16.66% of total project budget identified in application. The grant is competitive, based primarily on cost-effectiveness ($/ton emissions reduced) and Board preference.  DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 2nd, 2019 at 5PM.  


(Deadline April 13, 2018 at 5PM)

Financial Assistance For Replacement of Qualifying Public Diesel School Buses
Funding of up to $400,000 to replace engine year 1993 and older diesel public school buses using AB 923 funds.  Carl Moyer eligible buses are not required to meet the 1993 engine year requirement.


Air Quality Management District

330 Fair Lane

Placerville, CA 95667 

(530) 621-7501 

(530) 295-2774 - Fax 


Thank you for working with us to improve air quality