GFO-23-303 – A Decision Tool to Electrify Homes with Limited Electrical Panel Capacity

Departmental Grant ID:
GFO-23-303
Portal ID:
53712
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
Categories:

Details

Purpose:

The purpose of this solicitation is to develop and demonstrate a decision tool that can provide homeowners with detailed information on their electricity use and panel capacity and provide actionable pathways to achieve electrification.

Description:

The purpose of this solicitation is to develop and demonstrate a decision tool that can provide homeowners with detailed information on their electricity use and panel capacity and provide actionable pathways to achieve electrification. This information can:

1)    Help electricians verify whether the existing electrical panel is adequate for the electrification options planned by homeowners.

2)    Help homeowners decide if they need to upsize their electrical service panel to allow for partial or full electrification; and

3)    Provide homeowners with recommendations and options on a variety of strategies and electrical appliances to help avoid costly electrical service panel upsizing,

With the switch to all-electric appliances and the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, there is concern about whether residents’ existing electrical panels can accommodate the additional electric loads. Those that need upsizing the most may be homes with 100-amp panels or less, which are common in homes built before 1970. Two major barriers preventing wider adoption of electric appliances include: 1) Most homeowners lack the necessary data to understand how much of their existing electrical panel is being used and are unaware of the specific approaches to electrify that will not trigger an electrical panel upsize; and 2) The cost of an electrical service panel upsize  can be prohibitively expensive, on average costing between $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the work needed, such as trenching for new electrical conduit, pulling new feeders, and upgrading utility distribution infrastructure. These utility upgrade costs often flow down to the building owner, exacerbating the cost of an upgrade.

While it is possible for some homes with 100-amp electrical panels to achieve full electrification without upsizing the panel, others may require panel upsizing to accommodate the increased electrical demand. The objective of this solicitation is to support homeowners in exploring various viable pathways toward achieving full electrification. By considering existing and emerging technologies, the goal is to identify innovative solutions that can enable electrification while minimizing cost. While this tool may not solve full electrification in all homes, it will help provide a pathway for homeowners to decide on which equipment to electrify. Most homeowners replace a piece of equipment once it stops working or when there are financial incentives to help pay for costs. This tool will help the homeowner make sound decisions about their electrification goals and next steps.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

 

Eligible Geographies:

No local publicly owned electric utilities.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% minimum of the requested CEC funds.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 2, 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$4,775,000
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
20%
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

EPIC Program

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Pierre Washington, 1-916-931-8974, Pierre.Washington@energy.ca.gov