The Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation (SECAT) Program is a partnership between the Sac Metro Air District and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The program's goal is to promote zero and near-zero emission on-road heavy-duty vehicles operating in the SACOG region.
For this solicitation, $4,000,000 will be made available for all applicants in the SACOG region. Only zero emission vehicle applications are eligible under this solicitation. The SECAT Program will continue to fund $100,000 per replacement zero emission heavy duty vehicle. Applications will be capped at $500,000 per applicant, but the applicant can purchase as many vehicles as desired with the per vehicle award adjusted. Funds may still be combined with HVIP funding. Applications will be reviewed under the general solicitation instead of the traditional first-come, first-served program as described in the Project Selection and Funding section of this document.
The SECAT Program no longer funds the purchase of conventional diesel vehicles. Only zero emission vehicles using battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell technology are eligible. No funding is available to help replace diesel vehicles to comply with the ARB Truck & Bus Regulation.
In 2000, the SECAT Program received $66 million to reduce emissions released from heavy-duty vehicles in the SFNA by providing incentives to offset the costs of purchasing lower-emission technologies and an additional $4 million used by SACOG to help replace old diesel transit buses – totaling $70 million in funding from the state Traffic Congestion Relief Fund ($50 million) and the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding program ($20 million). This program was originally created by California Assembly Bill (AB) 2511 to help assure that the Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA) would meet its commitments under the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality attainment.
In 2008, the SECAT Program received an additional $3.2 million in federal CMAQ funds with additional allocations on a yearly basis, which will be primarily used for projects that benefit the Sacramento region through improved air quality. Projects will need to demonstrate reductions in oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions, but the program will also result in additional greenhouse gas reductions to meet regional, state, and federal targets.
The SMAQMD now has program and fiscal control of the SECAT program under oversight from SACOG. Agreements funded by SACOG under previous guidelines are now fully administered by the SMAQMD with most covered by the provisions of these guidelines as outlined in the memorandum of agreement between the agencies. Funding will now be allocated to the six counties in the SACOG region based on the population of each county.
The SECAT Program will now encourage the displacement of conventional trucks and buses with zero and near-zero emission heavy-duty vehicles. This will allow regional fleets to better leverage state and federal grants and promote the technology in the region. As part of other efforts with the SMAQMD and SACOG, these vehicles will play a key role in meeting regional commitments to greenhouse gas and community air protection goals.
For more details about SECAT, please review the guidelines below:
2018 SECAT Guidelines
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sac Metro Air District is closed to the public with most employees working remotely. This means our incentive solicitation will need to use digital methods as much as possible to ensure compliance with public health orders while providing the best possible customer service. Applicants will need to submit their applications electronically through the District's website.
The application period opens on March 29, 2021 and ends on May 28, 2021. Applicants will enter most of the information through the online form found on each program page and upload attachments as needed for each funding stream. Once complete, applicants will receive an email showing their application was received. The Sac Metro Air District recommends that applicants keep a copy of all application records. It is also recommended that applicants use a PDF app for their Apple or Android phones that can convert pictures into PDF to make the process easier.
Staff may begin contacting applicants before the application period is complete about their project. Some projects may have enough community benefit that awards may be issued prior to the end of the solicitation, but most projects will be evaluated later. Projects with an award greater than $1 million will require approval by the Sac Metro Air District Board of Directors. This may delay projects as the board meets monthly and does not meet in June 2021.
Applications missing information may be given 30 days to submit any incomplete or ineligible documents. Staff may also request additional information from applicants if needed to evaluate the project. If a project is selected for funding, the project may require a pre-inspection where the applicant will be contacted by one of our staff to coordinate a virtual inspection of the equipment. In some cases, the applicant will be offered an award lower than the amount requested in the application or the maximum grant for the project. This reduction is done if the Sac Metro Air District does not have enough funding for the project or staff determines that the application does not qualify for full funding.
If selected for funding, applicants will enter into a funding agreement with the Sac Metro Air District. The agreement will match the individual or business entity listed on the application and Payee Data Record.
Applicants must be compliant with state and local air quality regulations and will be checked. Most agreements have a term of 3 years with annual reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance. Participants can transfer their agreements to other parties if in the best interest of air quality in the region. On-road vehicle projects require the Sac Metro Air District to be listed a lien holder on the title. These are released at the end of the agreement.
For this solicitation, development applications will also be accepted for potential projects. Development applications are applications still under development with pending partners, locations, and/or technologies. The Sac Metro Air District understands that advanced technology projects require a lot of development and is willing to work with applicants who want to work in partnership to identify eligible projects outside the application period. An example would be a community based organization who would like a zero emission vehicle but has not begun the process. Please note that these applications may not be ranked as high as other applications and may also not qualify for all funding programs.
Applications not selected for funding will be placed in a pending file for future funding opportunities. If an applicant does not want their application to be held, she or he must contact the Sac Metro Air District to withdraw their application. The Sac Metro Air District may also forward applications to other agencies who may have funding for the project. Please contact staff if you have any questions about the application process.
Please ensure that your application includes the following documents scanned into PDF format to attach to your online application:
Applicants are encouraged to fill out the online application form or download, complete, print, and mail an application form or contact a local truck dealer for more information. If you have questions regarding the SECAT guidelines, please contact Kristian Damkier, or Gina O'Neal using the links below.
The following things are old pages copied and pasted from 4secat.com:
Applications can be delivered to the Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD front desk at:
Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD 777 12th St, 3rd Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Incomplete applications will be rejected, so please ensure that you have all application materials before you apply. We anticipate a very high demand for funding and will be unable to hold applications missing documentation.
All applicants must submit the original signed documents listed below during an open application period. Submitting the required information does not guarantee that the application will be approved, but is necessary for the review process to be completed. Applicants must submit one (1) main application per business entity and at least one (1) vehicle application per vehicle. If you are turning in multiple old vehicles, please submit the 2-for-1 Application for the second old vehicle.
All applicants must be compliant with the California Air Resources Board Truck & Bus Regulation prior to applying for SECAT grant funds. Applicants may be subject to additional rules and regulations for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. Staff will evaluate each application to determine if the purchase is required under the applicable regulation, and applicants will need to demonstrate surplus emission reductions through 2018 to qualify for SECAT funding.
Currently, the SECAT Program provides grant funds to replace on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles that have
2006 and older model year engines with diesel particulate filter (DPF) retrofits or other limited exempt vehicles with cleaner emission vehicles. The amount of incentive funds awarded per truck depends on several factors, including the potential surplus emission reductions of the replacement vehicle operating within the SFNA. The SECAT Program will fund the minimum of the following:
For more information, see the Summary of Program Requirements listed above or the current SECAT Guidelines.
Click below to view a larger map of the Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA).
All program participants must report their miles or hours of use for each vehicle they have under contract with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) on an annual basis. Each year the SMAQMD will send out an equipment usage survey form to all current contract holders. The form needs to be filled out completely and returned to the SMAQMD.
You are required to keep a working odometer on your vehicle at all times during the life of your contract. If your odometer breaks or you replace it for any reason, we will need to know the following information:
Without this information we will not be able to accurately calculate the number of miles you have driven your vehicle. This could impact your compliance status when we evaluate your contracted mileage commitment.
All program participants must track their miles of use within the Sacramento Federal Non-Attainment Area (SFNA) for each vehicle they have under a SECAT contract. This should be done throughout the life of the contract. Having these records available and up to date will make an audit of your records, if required, go more smoothly.
To facilitate this requirement, you may reference the
sample mileage tracking log as an example of the information we will be looking for. If you choose to use a different format to track your mileage, it must contain at a minimum all of the information listed below (also found on the sample form):
If you have any questions on how to track vehicle use in the SFNA or have questions about whether or not your current tracking system is adequate, please contact Jaime Lemus at (916) 874-2911 or
Audit inspections are performed throughout each year for various reasons. If we do not receive annual usage information as requested we will automatically schedule an audit inspection of your vehicle. We also randomly select a certain percentage of vehicles for audit inspections every year. If you are in the last year of your contract and are not meeting your usage requirements we may also need to inspect your vehicle.
An inspector will call and arrange an inspection location and time with a participant that requires an audit inspection of their vehicle. A typical inspection lasts 15-30 minutes during which time the inspector will take photographs of the vehicle and the odometer. An inspector may also request records to confirm mileage driven within the Sacramento Federal Non-Attainment Area (SFNA).
See Mileage Tracking Requirements for more information.
Existing SECAT participants who do not foresee being able to complete the terms of their SECAT contract should contact the SECAT Program to explore compliance options. Typical compliance options include the following:
NOTE: for all listed options listed above, it is imperative that the participant contact District staff to assure proper handling of the reimbursement or vehicle transfer/sale process. Please call Jaime Lemus at (916) 874-2911 or Mike Neuenburg at (916) 874-1676 for further assistance with these and other compliance issues.
California Air Resources Board Truck & Bus Regulation
US EPA SmartWay
Sacramento Area Council of Governments