As of August 2019, the Multi-County Program is delaying funding decisions potentially to early 2020. Interested participants can join a waitlist that will be capped at 70 people. The Portola area only program is still running.
The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District currently has 2 wood stove change-out programs! One is for all of Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County except the Portola area. The other is for the Portola area only. Both programs are designed to help households replace non-EPA certified wood stove or insert used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device. Open hearth fireplaces may be eligible for each Program if the fireplace is used as a primary source of heat (documentation required). Each Program will offer Vouchers towards the purchase and installation of a new EPA-certified woodstove, fireplace wood insert, gas (natural gas or propane), or electric device. Participants have four weeks to purchase a new device after receiving a voucher.
Example Eligible IAQ Activities:
Heat source replacement
For the Multi-County Woodsmoke Reduction Program
$3,500 for residents of low-income communities as defined by this map.
Low-income residents outside of these areas can qualify via proof of enrollment in a low-income assistance program.
$1,000 for all other residents.
For the Greater Portola Wood Stove Change-Out Program
Residents INSIDE the City of Portola Sphere of Influence
Up to $3,500 to replace a qualified wood heating device with an EPA certified wood-burning device.
Up to $4,500 to replace a qualified wood heating device with an EPA certified Pellet, Propane or Kerosene heating devices
Residents OUTSIDE the City of Portola Sphere of Influence and Within the Nonattainment Area
Up to $1,500 to replace a qualified wood heating device with an EPA certified wood-burning device.
Up to $3,000 to replace a qualified wood heating device with a Pellet, Propane or Kerosene
Up to $3,500 for low-income residents to replace a qualified wood heating device with an EPA certified wood-burning device.
Up to $4,500 for low-income residents to replace a qualified wood heating device with a Pellet, Propane or Kerosene heater.
Typical Application Period: Rolling. Applications accepted until August 2020 (or until funds run out)
Non-EPA certified wood stoves and inserts are defined for the multi-county program as pre-1987 and for the Portola program as appliances older than 20 years. For the Portola program, in some cases, repairs may be funded rather than replacements.
firstname.lastname@example.org for multi-county program; email@example.com for Portola program
The Northern Sierra Air Management District was formed in 1986 by the merging of the Air Pollution Control Districts of Nevada, Plumas and Sierra Counties. The District is required by state law to achieve and maintain the federal and state Ambient Air Quality Standards, which are air quality standards set at levels that will protect the public health. The District is composed of three primary entities, each with a specific purpose: District staff, Governing Board of Directors, and Hearing Board.