Accepting Professional Landscape Equipment Manufacturer Applications through 10/21/2022 Submit

What is CORE?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to accelerate the purchase of zero-emission off-road equipment in California.

Senate Bill 170 appropriated $27 million to the California Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to provide incentives for professional landscape services in California operated by a small business or sole proprietor. These funds are intended to purchase qualifying zero-emission professional landscape service equipment. CORE does not require scrappage of existing internal combustion engines. 

How to Participate:
Choose your role in the purchase process

Criteria for Eligibility:

Eligible equipment must meet the requirements below and receive an Equipment Eligibility Letter from CARB: 

  • New or conversion kit zero-emission equipment which has not been used or previously owned (corded equipment is not eligible) 
  • Two-year commercial warranty that covers the tool, battery, and charger 
  • Purchased from an approved CORE Dealer 
  • Is listed in the CORE Eligible Equipment Catalog 
  • Manufacturers must submit an Equipment Eligibility Application for equipment to be eligible in the CORE project 

Steps for Participating in CORE:

Those interested in participating in the CORE project as an eligible professional landscape service manufacturer or approved dealer will need to apply by October 21, 2022. Applications received after October 21 will be accepted but the equipment or dealer may not be approved and listed in time for the opening of the program.

  1. Read and understand the Attachment D – Professional Landscape Service Equipment – CORE Implementation Manual
  2. Compile documents outlined in Attachment D.
  3. Send complete application package to [email protected]
  4. Advise dealers to enroll.

Criteria for Eligibility:

Any dealer affiliated with a CORE-eligible manufacturer can become an approved CORE dealer. Manufacturers can also fill the role of a dealer for their own equipment.  

Steps for Participating in CORE:

Those interested in participating in the CORE project as an eligible professional landscape service manufacturer or approved dealer will need to apply by October 21, 2022. Applications received after October 21 will be accepted but the equipment or dealer may not be approved and listed in time for the opening of the program.

Dealers interested in participating in CORE must complete the following steps: 

  1. The dealership must sell CORE-eligible equipment. View eligible equipment in the professional landscape service equipment catalog.
  2. To become a CORE Approved Dealer, take the CORE Dealer Training Quiz. You must pass the quiz with a score of 100 percent. Dealers have multiple attempts to pass the quiz. (You may retake the quiz by clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.)
  3. Provide the required documents to [email protected]:
  4. Dealers must attend the Dealer Information Session Training. This mandatory training serves as an opportunity for Dealers to confirm their understanding of CORE rules and requirements and clarify concerns regarding the Voucher Processing Center (VPC). Dealers will be provided registration links for regularly scheduled Dealer Information Session Training following the completion of Steps 1 through 3. After the Dealer Information Session, individualized VPC credentials will be provided to the CORE-approved dealer.

*Dealers can use any form of a letter from OEMs, including a PDF of email correspondence with the manufacturer stating that the specific dealership is authorized to sell specific equipment from the CORE catalog. Manufacturers who are also acting as dealers are exempt from submitting this letter.

If you are having technical difficulties with any step, please contact [email protected] directly. 

Criteria for Eligibility:

CORE will begin accepting voucher requests for professional landscape service equipment starting November 7, 2022.

Eligible purchasers include small business or sole proprietors who provide professional landscape services as defined below.  

Professional Landscape Service

A landscape contractor constructs, maintains, repairs, installs, or subcontracts the development of landscape systems and facilities for public and private gardens and other areas which are designed to aesthetically, architecturally, horticulturally, or functionally improve the grounds within or surrounding a structure or a tract or plot of land. In connection therewith, a landscape contractor prepares and grades plots and areas of land for the installation of any architectural, horticultural and decorative treatment or arrangement. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 832.27.) 

Small Business and Microbusiness 

A small business means an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, the principal office of which is located in California, the officers of which are domiciled in California, and which, together with affiliates, has 100 or fewer employees, and average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 100 or fewer employees. Commencing January 1, 2019, the average annual gross receipts threshold shall be fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000). (Gov. Code § 14837(d)(1)(A)) 

Microbusiness is a small business which, together with affiliates, has average annual gross receipts of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 25 or fewer employees. Commencing January 1, 2019, the average annual gross receipts threshold shall be five million dollars ($5,000,000). (Gov. Code § 14837(d)(2)) 

Sole Proprietor 

A sole proprietorship is set up to allow an individual to own and operate a business. A sole proprietor has total control, receives all profits from and is responsible for taxes and liabilities of the business. (https://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/starting-business/types#sole) 

Steps for Participating in CORE:

  1. Select equipment that suits your needs from the equipment catalog.
  2. Contact an eligible dealer.
  3. Provide the dealer with voucher request information.
  4. Purchase your CORE-discounted equipment.

Review the Implementation Manual for additional information.

Submit A Voucher Request

To submit a voucher request, equipment purchasers must follow the steps below:

  • Select an eligible professional landscape service equipment type that fits your business needs from the equipment catalog.
  • Contact an approved dealer to submit a voucher request for an eligible professional landscape service equipment type.
  • The dealer will submit the voucher request to the Voucher Processing Center (VPC).
  • The equipment purchaser will receive the CORE incentive at the point of sale.