Solano County is located within two air districts: the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD). Both Air Districts and the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) annually make available funding for clean air projects through a $4 surcharge from vehicle registration fees. The YSAQMD also provides clean air funding through a small portion of property tax revenue in addition to vehicle registration fees. Eligible clean air projects include clean air vehicles, bicycle and pedestrian projects, vehicle and rideshare incentive programs, transit/shuttle service, and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.
BAAQMD Regional TFCA Program
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) administers sixty percent (60%) of the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) funds collected from Bay Area counties through a $4 vehicle registration fee. This funding is made available on an annual and competitive basis Bay Area wide. The cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Suisun City, Fairfield and southern portion of unincorporated Solano County are eligible to compete for the BAAQMD Regional TFCA Program funding. Regional TFCA Program funds are allocated annually in the Fall. Interested applicants are encouraged to get further details directly from the BAAQMD’s website at: http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Strategic-Incentives/Funding-Sources/TFCA/Regional-Fund.aspx. Past Solano County projects funded through the BAAQMD’s Regional Funds included vehicle replacements and safe routes to school projects. Approximately $8 million is available each year for the BAAQMD’s TFCA Regional Program.
YSAQMD Clean Air Program
The Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) Board of Directors coordinates with the STA Board annually to fund clean air projects. Eligible agencies include the cities of Dixon, Rio Vista, Vacaville and the northern portion of unincorporated Solano County. Funding for the YSAQMD’s Clean Air Program is generated from a $4 vehicle registration fee and property tax collected from those jurisdictions. In FY 2013-14, the YSAQMD approved $290,000 for bicycle and pedestrian projects, vehicle replacements and clean air education programs in Solano County. A complete list of projects can be found here. The YSAQMD has recently closed the call for projects for FY 2013-14. Watch for an announcement of selected projects this summer. For more information on this program please visit the YSAQMD Webpage at this link:
http://www.ysaqmd.org/clean-air-funds.php or contact Jim Antone, YSAQMD Clean Air Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STA coordinates with the BAAQMD to administer the remaining 40% TFCA Funds through the STA’s Program Manager Funds. The STA is issuing a call for TFCA Program Manager Funds. For Fiscal Year 2015-16, a total of $108,076 is available for clean air projects. Eligible projects include bicycle and pedestrian improvements, ridesharing, Safe Routes to School projects, vehicle replacements, engine retrofits and shuttle service. Eligible projects are approved directly by the STA Board based on criteria approved by the BAAQMD.
Solano Electric Vehicle Transition Program
In 2015 the STA received a grant from the California Energy Commission to conduct the Solano Electric Vehicle (EV) Transition Program. This program seeks to identify and overcome barriers to the deployment of electric vehicles in Solano County through public outreach and education, a streamlined permit process for installing charging stations, and analysis of future charging station needs throughout the county. The goal is to help make it easier for those who want to own an electric vehicle to find resources and places to charge. Visit solanoev.org to find resources on the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, where to find charging stations in Solano County, information about the permitting process to install a charging station, and much more.
**UPDATE April 2018**: On April 11, 2018, the STA Board adopted the Final Report for the Solano EV Transition Program. The report can be viewed here.