Sales Tax Exclusion (STE) Program

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CAEATFA supports California's mission to provide financial incentives to cutting-edge companies by offering a sales and use tax exclusion to manufacturers purchasing equipment to promote alternative energy, advanced transportation and recycling, as well as advanced manufacturing. These manufacturers create tens of thousands of high-paying, permanent jobs that bolster the state's economy.


The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) Sales and Use Tax Exclusion (STE) Program (the “Program”) excludes from sales and use taxes purchases of Qualified Property if its use is either to process Recycled feedstock or using Recycled feedstock in the production of another product or soil amendment; or that is used in an Advanced Manufacturing process; or that is used to manufacture Alternative Source products or Advanced Transportation Technologies.

Eligible manufacturers planning to construct a new manufacturing facility or expand or upgrade a currently existing manufacturing facility may apply to CAEATFA for an STE award, and if approved, the purchases of Qualified Property for the project are not subject to state and local sales and use tax.Please refer to and for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

The STE is available to the following categories of manufacturers in California: Alternative Source products (solar manufacturers, renewable hydrogen, biofuels, dairy biodigesters);Advanced Transportation Technologies (ZEV vehicles and charging stations);Advanced Manufacturers (food production, aerospace, biopharmaceutical); andmanufacturers that process Recycled feedstock or utilize it in the production of another product or soil amendment.

Eligible Geographies:

Available statewide

Important Dates

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The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3y unless extended

Funding Details

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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.
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Funding Source Notes:

Exclusion of State and local sales and use tax on eligible manufacturing equipment

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

To use the exclusion, approved applicants must present Qualified Property vendors with a certificate made pursuant to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). No money is given to approved applicants, rather approved applicants do not pay the tax at the time of purchase, or under specific circumstances, seek reimbursement from the vendor or CDTFA for sales and use tax paid on Qualified Property purchases prior to approval.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Xee Moua, 1-916-653-3303,