The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District currently has 2 wood stove change-out programs! The 1st one below is for all of Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County except the Portola area. The 2nd is for the Portola area only.
Multi-County Woodsmoke Reduction Program
(for the Portola Area program scroll down)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Funding for the next round of the Woodsmoke Reduction Program is expected by early 2020. There is currently a waiting list for the program, and the expected funding is not great enough to cover the entire list. If you are already on the waiting list, the air district will contact you to make sure you are still interested and eligible.
Due to regulatory changes, for this next round of funding only change-outs at PRIMARY RESIDENCES will be allowed. Note that only functioning stoves and fireplaces are eligible for change-out incentives. Retroactive funding for change-outs that have already occurred is not allowed.
You may still submit an application using the old application form to reserve a place on the waiting list, although you should be aware that because of funding limitations any new applicants are not likely to receive funding in this next round of the program. Applications for the Woodsmoke Reduction Program are available below, or through participating retailers, or in person at Air District offices in Grass Valley and Portola, or mailed by request. See the outdated Program Brochure and the text below for more information. The upcoming program will be similar, but not identical. Check back for further updates.
The Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts Cap-and-Trade dollars to work. The Program is designed to help households replace a non-EPA certified wood stove or insert (installed before July 1, 1988) used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device. Open hearth fireplaces may be eligible for the Program if the fireplace is used as a primary source of heat. This Program will offer Vouchers to be used toward the purchase and installation of a new EPA-certified wood stove, wood insert, pellet stove or pellet insert that is certified to emit no more than 2.0 grams/hour of particulate matter, a natural gas stove or insert, a propane stove or insert, an electric stove or insert, or a ductless mini-split heat pump.
Hot Tip: Check the Map. Click Here. Residences located within disadvantaged communities or low-income communities as defined on this map (AB 1550 Low-income Communities) automatically qualify for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher (amount to be determined). Low-income households outside of these areas also quality for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher. To qualify as low-income, the household must show proof of enrollment in a low-income assistance program (WIC, LIHEAP, CARE) or have a household income at or below 80 percent of the statewide median household income (currently at $51,026) or qualify as low-income through the California Department of Housing and Community Development low-income limits based on county of residence and household size. Remaining residents outside the mapped low-income areas are eligible for the Standard Voucher of $1,000. Please click FAQs for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Once you receive a voucher, you must select a replacement device from a Participating Retailer and use the voucher toward the price (including installation and local permitting fees) within 4 weeks. The new device must be installed with any necessary permits by an appropriately licensed contractor and meet local fire and building codes; do-it-yourself installations are not allowed under this program.
PARTICIPATING RETAILER LIST
(tentative — check again before purchasing a new heating device)
Retailers in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County (Northern Sierra AQMD):
- A-1 Stoves and Fireplaces, 819 Whispering Pines Ln., Grass Valley
- Mountain Home Center, 11403 Brockway Rd., Truckee
- Quincy Hot Spot, 2019 East Main St., Quincy
- Sierra Timberline, 324 Idaho-Maryland Rd., Grass Valley
- Wolf Creek Woodstoves, 55 Delleker Rd., Portola (Delleker)
Participating Retailers in Other Air Districts that Honor Vouchers from Northern Sierra AQMD:
- A-1 Stoves, Chico
- Heat Tech Industries (Gridley)
- Chico Fireplace and Stoves (Chico)
- Wood, Heat, and Spa (Paradise), Custom Fireside Shops (Elk Grove and Sacramento)
APPLYING FOR A VOUCHER
To apply for a voucher, you will need the following materials for your application packet.
- VOUCHER APPLICATION FORM: Voucher Application
- VOUCHER APPLICATION FORM in fillable .pdf format: Voucher Application Fillable (Allows you to fill out the form electronically and then print it and sign it)
If you wish to apply for the $3,500 Enhanced Voucher as a low-income household, please check the map first to see if you live in a designated low-income census tract, since that is the easiest way to qualify for an Enhanced Voucher. Remember to include a photo of your existing, installed, functional old wood-burning device with your Application.
- VOUCHER APPLICATION CHECKLIST: Voucher Application Checklist
Please include the Checklist along with your other Application materials.
- OWNER/TENANT AGREEMENT FORM (required for all rental residences): Owner – Tenant Agreement This is only necessary for owners and tenants of rental residences.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
For residences in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County (except the Portola area), submit your Application and a photo of the existing device by mail, email, or hand deliver to:
Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
Attn: Sam Longmire
200 Litton Drive, Suite 320
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Other Participating Air Districts
Butte County AQMD
629 Entler Avenue Suite 15, Chico, CA 95928
Colusa County APCD
100 Sunrise Blvd. #F, Colusa, 95932
Glenn County APCD
720 N Colusa St., Willows, 95988
Feather River AQMD (Yuba, Sutter)
541 Washington Ave., Yuba City, 95991
Shasta County AQMD
1855 Placer Street Ste 101, Redding, 96001
1834 Walnut St., Red Bluff, 96080
The Woodsmoke Reduction Pilot Program will be administered by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in coordination with other air districts, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Please contact Sam Longmire at (530) 274-9360 ext 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the application materials to be mailed to you instead of filling them out through this website or downloading them.
This project was supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program.
Greater Portola Woodstove Change-Out Program
Program is available APRIL 9, 2016 through AUGUST 30, 2020 (or until funds run out)
The Air District is offering a change-out program to qualified homeowners within the Greater Portola PM2.5 Non-attainment Area in Plumas County, California for replacement of non-EPA certified wood stoves with new, efficient, cleaner burning EPA certified devices. This program is funded by the U.S. EPA’s 2015 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program, the District’s AB2766 program and other agencies. This 5-year voluntary program is only available to residents within the non-attainment area (see map below).
The Air District is currently accepting applications.
Is your current stove EPA certified?? Click Here to find out! If your stove is NOT certified, you may be eligible to participate.
Read the full Press Release.Are you considering replacing your old, smoky wood stove for a cleaner burning appliance that will heat your home more efficiently with less fuel, money and time? If you are interested in the Greater Portola Area Wood Stove Change-out Program, read the following criteria carefully.
- Must currently have an installed, operating qualified wood burning stove (at least 20 years old) or fireplace.
- Must submit a completed application to be considered for the program. Applications will be disqualified:
- IF the old device is removed from the home prior to application approval.
- IF the new certified device is purchased before application approval.
- IF any information on the application is false of incomplete
- Installation must be completed by a District-approved Retailer.
Funding varies based on where the home is located:
- If you have determined you live in Zone 1, download an application: NSAQMD Application Zone 1
- If you have determined you live in Zone 2, download an application: NSAQMD Application Zone 2
To view a map of the Portola Federal PM2.5 Non-Attainment area, click here. If you want to view the non-attainment area using Google Earth, see below.