New EPA-Phase II free standing woodstoves, wood inserts, wood fireplaces, or other EPA compliant wood burning devices qualify for $2,250. Alternatively, $3,000 is available for new EPA-Phase II free standing pellet stoves, pellet inserts, or gas heating appliances replacing a qualifying wood burning device.
Subsidized amounts are paid by Alpine County to participating retailers upon install completion, not to individuals or property owners. Shared costs will be required, with amounts dependent on product selections and specific job needs. All replaced stoves must also be relinquished, with new installations permitted by the Alpine County Building Department, including smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
Interested persons should immediately contact one of the County’s two participating retailers for more information, including product selections:
• Sierra Hearth & Home on Highway 49 in Jackson. Call Shirley Hampton at (209) 223-4007
• South Y Fireplace at the Y in South Lake Tahoe. Call Laray Taylor at (530) 541-6833
Program funding was made available through a recent agreement between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, including Alpine County. With several hundred thousand dollars between them, Air District board members from the counties of Alpine and Mono, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes chose to spend these allotted ‘Environmental Public Benefit Funds’ to directly benefit everyone by providing funding assistance to update heating systems and significantly reduce wood smoke.
For more information, contact Alpine County’s Woodstove Replacement Program Administrator at (760) 914-0388.