This program offers a sales and use tax exclusion to manufacturers that promote alternative energy and advanced transportation. Manufacturers create tens of thousands of high-paying, permanent jobs that bolster the state’s economy. The California Sales & Use Tax Exclusion (STE) program is currently authorized through 2020.

The CAEATFA Sales and Use Tax Exclusion (STE) Program (the “Program”) excludes purchases of Qualified Property from sales and use taxes.


  • The STE is available to the following four categories of manufacturers in California:

  • Alternative Source product manufacturers

  • Manufacturers of Advanced Transportation Technologies

  • Advanced Manufacturers

  • Manufacturers that process recycled feedstock or utilize recycled feedstock in the production of another product or soil amendment.

Manufacturers of components of Alternative Sources and Advanced Transportation Technologies are also eligible if the component constitutes a “Green Component,” defined as the component or system within Advanced Transportation Technologies or Alternative Source products that is responsible for or required to enable the increase in energy efficiency, Alternative Source generation, or pollution reduction.


Applications have two parts and are submitted to

  1. Project description, legal questionnaire and contact information

  2. Self-scoring Excel spreadsheet that scores projects financial and environmental benefits