Environment, Transportation
State or Federal?
Assembly Bill (AB) 118 (Nùñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). The statute authorizes the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies. The Energy Commission’s ARFVTP is providing grant funds for projects that will design, engineer, construct, install, test, operate, and maintain a 100 percent renewable hydrogen facility(ies) in California. The facility(ies) shall produce and provide 100 percent renewable hydrogen from in-state renewable resource(s). The facility(ies), once constructed and operational, will be a source of 100% renewable hydrogen which will have the ability to distribute, deliver, and supply a portion or all of the network of hydrogen refueling stations listed in Table 1 of the solicitation. The facility(ies) shall produce hydrogen that will meet California regulations when dispensed at the station for use in on-road fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), both light-duty and medium-/heavy-duty.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are all public and private entities. However, proposed project teams must have:

- A hydrogen equipment manufacturer or a technology integrator with an equipment manufacturer;
- An in-state renewable resource producer, collector, or distributor; and
- At least one hydrogen refueling station operator for fuel off-take.

Formal contracts with these entities are not required at the time of application submission, but signed and dated Letters of Intent or Interest must be provided, at a minimum.

Eligible projects must:
- Install new 100 percent renewable hydrogen production capacity, of any technology, at an existing or new facility(ies). Projects may modify other facility types and use pre-existing renewable resource facilities.
- Supply the produced hydrogen to in-state public hydrogen refueling stations for on-road FCEVs.
- Be located in California.
- Use eligible feedstocks and renewable electricity resources sourced from within California.
- Meet the Minimum Technical Requirements (Section II.B.3 of the solicitation).

Proposed renewable hydrogen production facilities must meet minimum technical requirements regarding renewable production capacity, equipment, and hydrogen purity. Specific detail on these technical requirements can be found in the solicitation.

Eligible costs for funding are: facility(ies) pre-engineering and design; engineering plans and specifications; building and facility(ies) construction, installation, and/or modifications; and assets, materials and supplies, and equipment acquisition (e.g. production equipment, feedstock and fuel storage, distribution interface, etc.).
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 30, 2018
Due Date Notes
This solicitation follows a two-phase process:
Phase I: Pre-Application Abstract Screening
Phase II: Full Application Screening and Scoring

Only passing pre-application abstracts will be eligible to submit a full application under Phase II. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 30, 2018. Anticipated notice of Pre-Application results will be on February 27, 2018.

Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 22, 2017
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
A pre-application workshop will be held on January 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Participation in this workshop is optional but encouraged. Participation can in-person or through WebEx or conference call. The workshop will be held at:

California Energy Commission
Charles Imbrecht Hearing Room (formerly Hearing Room B)
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Webex and telephone access instructions can be found in the solicitation.
Match Required?
Match Notes
To be eligible, the applicant’s budget must include a minimum of 25 percent match share of the total allowable project costs (i.e., the sum of Energy Commission’s reimbursable share and Recipient’s match share). Match refers to cash or in-kind contributions. Cash match must be equal to at least 10 percent of Energy Commission funding.
California Energy Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
This solicitation offers a 5% early project completion incentive to incentivize a production facility(ies) to become operational more quickly. Facilities becoming operational within 36 months after Business Meeting approval of the agreement will earn the 5% incentive.

Applicants may submit multiple applications under this solicitation. Each proposed project must be separate and distinct and adhere to all requirements contained in this solicitation. Only one application per project site address per applicant will be accepted.
Further Information
Questions of clarification on the solicitation must be directed to:

Kevyn Piper, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-4845
FAX: (916) 654-4423

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