A Community Connection is defined as a Project Site with particular benefit to its surrounding community. Applicants whose Project Site may be identified as such must meet specific requirements (outlined within this Implementation Manual).
The equipment originating from a single ENERGY STAR® certified Level 2 EVSE, that connects to a BEV or PHEV using the SAE J1772 connector and is capable of supplying 6.2 kilowatts (kW) or greater. A Level 2 EVSE may have one or two connectors. If two connectors can be used concurrently to charge two vehicles, then the Level 2 EVSE has two eligible connectors.
Disadvantaged Community (DAC)
CalEPA formally designated four categories of geographic areas as disadvantaged:
Census tracts receiving the highest 25 percent of overall scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0.
Census tracts lacking overall scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0 due to data gaps but receiving the highest 5 percent of CalEnviroScreen 4.0 cumulative pollution burden scores.
Census tracts identified in the 2017 DAC designation as disadvantaged, regardless of their scores in CalEnviroScreen 4.0.
Lands under the control of federally recognized Tribes are also considered disadvantaged communities. Tribes may be added to a California managed list in accordance with CalEPA guidance.
*For the most relevant map to identify Disadvantaged Communities please follow the link below.
As identified in California census tracts, Priority Populations are Disadvantaged Communities, federally recognized Tribal Lands, and Low-Income Communities. Only Project Sites which lie within the bounds of a DAC or LIC and not within “buffer” areas shall be considered as such for scoring purposes.
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