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Equity Incentives


Equity Incentives

Equity incentives are higher incentives that are available to residential customers who meet income thresholds. These higher incentives are available to qualified residential customers in both single family and multifamily homes. Commercial customers are not eligible.  

What makes a customer eligible for the TECH Clean California equity incentives? 

For single family homes (four dwelling units or less), the residents must have household income which is either of the following (whichever is less stringent): 

  • At or below 80 percent of the area’s median income  
  • At or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level 

Please visit the TECH Heat Pump Water Heater Equity Incentives Verification Portal, tech-incomeportal.com, and enter your county and household size to see your personalized household income limit. 

For multifamily building owners – the incentive applicant will provide a copy of the deed restriction for the building. There is no action needed from tenants of multifamily buildings (five dwelling units or more). 

How is income verified?

Single family customers will need to have their income verified via the TECH online portal in order to qualify for the higher equity incentives. The income verification is free of charge. 

If you believe your household income is under the limit for your area and household size, and only once you have an agreement with a TECH-certified contractor to install a new heat pump water heater, please fill out an income verification application at tech-incomeportal.com. You will need to provide the email address of the contractor you are working with. They will be sent a confirmation that you are eligible for the higher incentive amount, once confirmed, and will share that confirmation with the TECH Clean California team.  

What type of income documentation is accepted?

We can accept a wide variety of forms such as, tax filings, workers comp, child support, disability or unemployment, bank statements, etc. If you are enrolled in another program which has already verified your income eligibility, that confirmation can be uploaded to the income verification portal. These programs include: 

  • Disadvantaged Communities—Single Family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH)  
  • Single Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH)  
  • Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)  
  • Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)  
  • Weather Assistance Program (WAP)  
  • Energy Savings Assistance (ESA)  
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance 
  • Medi-Cal  
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 
  • Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)  
  • CalFresh   
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  
  • CalWorks  
  • Tribal Head Start  
  • Tribal TANF 
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)  

Equity Incentive Details 

* For General Market incentives, the Electrical Upgrade incentive is capped at 50% of eligible electrical costs.

** For Equity incentives, the Electrical Upgrade incentive is capped at 100% of eligible electrical costs.*** For Equity incentives, the $4,000 incentive may cover a variety of other “pre-electrification” costs associated with a heat pump water heater installation.

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