The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) offers rebates for qualified residential and non-residential installations of energy storage technology. The CPUC offered funding of over $1 billion through the year 2024 for SGIP to prepare communities for the wildfire season. Eligible communities include those who: are in high fire-threat areas, have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events, are low-income and medically vulnerable customers, are considered critical facilities that support communities during power outages.
This program is crucial for communities and individuals that have considered battery storage of renewable energies. Through SGIP, you might be able to get a FREE battery if you are eligible. At this time, it is unclear if only particular brands qualify for the rebate. For additional clarification on which energy storage systems are eligible, you can reach out to your local energy provider that is a Program Administer (PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas, SDG&E), or read the official SGIP 2020 Handbook which offers additional details.
For homeowners, there are multiple incentive levels based on eligibility requirements:
Source: SGIP Residential Brochure
For homeowners, you should reach out to an installer who can work with you and help you understand the program and its application process. You can find a list of NABCEP certified installers here.
For installers, you should read the official SGIP 2020 Handbook that goes into detail about the program, how to create an eligible project, technology requirements, and more. You can find the SGIP 2020 Handbook here.
Who is eligible for SGIP?
Eligible communities include those in high fire-threat areas, have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events, low-income and medically vulnerable customers, and critical facilities that support communities during power outages.
What technology is qualified for SGIP?
Qualifying technology includes wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and advanced energy storage systems.
Where to apply for SGIP?
Which energy companies are Program Administers for SGIP?
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E; via Center for Sustainable Energy® (CSE))
Where to get additional information about SGIP?