Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
The CPUC's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources. SGIP provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer's side of the utility meter. Qualifying technologies include wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and advanced energy storage systems.
If you are a customer interested in participating in SGIP, you can learn more here. For the most up-to-date information on the current status of the SGIP budget and whether or not a particular step is open or closed, please visit the SGIP home page by clicking here. In particular, the SGIP site has information on statewide budget status, as well as the status individually for PG&E, SCE, CSE and SoCalGas.
Recent News and Quick Links
- April 7, 2022: CPUC Provides Additional Incentives and Framework for Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Program
- April 16, 2021: Administrative Law Judge's Ruling issues the SGIP HPWH Staff Proposal and Appendix A for comment and provides updates on the procedural schedule.
- November 12, 2020: The Energy Division held a workshop on SGIP Renewable Generation. A final agenda is available here and the final presentations are available here.
- May 7, 2020: The Energy Division held part two of the workshop webinar on how to include heat pump water heaters in SGIP. A final agenda is available here and the final presentations are available here.
- May 1, 2020: The SGIP database re-opens for submission of residential equity and equity resiliency applications. Also on May 1st, the database opens for applicants to begin drafting applications for non-residential equity and equity resiliency projects and for San Joaquin Valley projects-all of which can be submitted beginning on May 12, 2020.
- March 19, 2020: The Energy Division held part one of a two part workshop webinar on how to include heat pump water heaters in SGIP. A final agenda is available here and the final presentations are available here.
- March 3, 2020: CPUC issues the 2018 the 2018 SGIP Advanced Energy Storage Impact Evaluation.
- February 20, 2020: CPUC issues Decision 20-02-039 correcting errors in Decision (D).20-01-021.
- February 18, 2020: CPUC issues Decision 20-02-002 granting Petition to Modification of Decision 11-09-015 and Decision 16-06-055. Removes application fee for residential projects and eliminates the requirement that project applications submit a paper copy of an energy efficiency audit, replacing it with confirmation from the host customer that they performed an energy efficiency audit at the project site and have received and reviewed the audit findings.
- January 27, 2020: CPUC issues Decision 20-01-021 authorizing ratepayer collections of $166 million annually for the years 2020 to 2024 to fund the SGIP and implement program revision pursuant to Senate Bill 700 and other program changes.
- September 18, 2019: CPUC issues Decision 19-09-027 establishing the SGIP equity resiliency budget, modifying existing equity budget incentives, approving carry-over of accumulated unspent funds, and approving $10 million to support the San Joaquin Valley disadvantaged community pilot projects.
- August 9, 2019: CPUC issues Decision 19-08-001 approving greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements for the Self Generation Incentive Program Storage Budget
- December 31, 2018: Assigned Commissioner's Ruling issues the Revised SGIP GHG Staff Proposal (Clean).
- A red-lined version of the staff proposal showing substantive changes between the original and revised versions is available here: Revised SGIP GHG Staff Proposal (Tracked Changes from Original)
- December 7, 2018: Energy Division releases the 2016-17 SGIP Overall Program Impact Evaluation
- September 7, 2018: Energy Division releases the 2017 SGIP Storage Impact Evaluation
- October 22, 2018: Energy Division hosts a workshop to explore in more detail options for ensuring SGIP projects reduce GHGs, as presented in the SGIP GHG Staff Proposal. Materials can be found here:
- September 6, 2018: Assigned Commissioner's Ruling issues the SGIP GHG Staff Proposal for comment and schedules a workshop for October 22, 2018. The ruling also includes a corrected GHG Working Group Report.
- June 15, 2018: Energy Division releases the SGIP GHG Working Group Report
- December 29, 2017: Assigned Commissioner's Ruling establishes the SGIP GHG Working Group to develop recommended changes to the Self-Generation Program (SGIP) to improve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from energy storage systems.
- November 15, 2017: CPUC hosts a workshop on the results of the 2016 Energy Storage Impact Evaluation. For a zip file containing the presentations made at the workshop, please click here.
- October 13, 2017: CPUC issues Resolution E-4887 updating the definition of "developer" for the purpose of the SGIP developer cap.
- October 13, 2017: CPUC issues D.17-10-004 creating the SGIP Equity Budget.
- October 11, 2017: Energy Division releases final 2016 SGIP Advanced Energy Storage Impact Evaluation (click here for the report)
- October 9, 2017: Energy Division releases final 2016 SGIP Program Administrator Performance Evaluation (click here for the report)
- September 15, 2017: PG&E hosts fourth SGIP Quarterly Workshop (click here for slides)
- June 5, 2017: Step 2 for energy storage opens. Step 1 for generation remains open.
- June 2, 2017: Assigned Commissioner Rechtschaffen issues Ruling seeking comment on proposed changes to SGIP related to distribution of incentives to disadvantaged communities and ensuring grid benefits of all SGIP energy storage systems.
- May 1, 2017: SGIP reopens to energy storage applications.
- April 10, 2017: SGIP portal opens to begin preparing draft applications (applications may not be formally submitted until May 1, 2017; but you may begin drafting applications before that time). To go to the SGIP portal home page, please click here. To download a copy of the 2017 SGIP Handbook, click here.
- April 6, 2017: CPUC approves D.17-04-017 doubling the SGIP annual budget for 2017-2019.
- March 10, 2017: Quarterly SGIP Workshop to discuss implementation of new SGIP rules and portal (Slides are available here).
- February 23, 2017: SGIP administrators submit redlined 2017 draft SGIP Handbook to the CPUC for approval.
- December 12, 2016: Staff Workshop to discuss data collection for measurement and evaluation, and draft measurement and evaluation plan for 2016-2020 (slides are available here).
- November 7, 2016: Final SGIP Impact Evaluation Report for 2014-2015 released
- June 23, 2016: Decision D.16-06-055: CPUC adopts SGIP program reforms
- March 21, 2016: Staff Workshop to discuss February 23rd SGIP Launch (Slides are available here)
- D.15-11-027 establishes new GHG compliance rules.
- November 23, 2015: 2015 SGIP Cost-Effectiveness Report Released
- April, 2015: 2013 SGIP Impact Report Released
- SGIP proceeding R.12-11-005 docket card includes links to all other Rulings, Comments and Decisions
Applying for SGIP Incentives
For information on how to apply for incentives in your area, please contact the Program Administrator for your utility:
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company (for PG&E electric customers and PG&E gas customers of public electric utilities in Northern California such as SMUD and Alameda)
- Southern California Edison (for SCE customers)
- Southern California Gas Company (for SoCalGas customers that take electric service from a non-SCE entity in Southern California)
- Center for Sustainable Energy (for SDG&E customers)
SGIP Measurement and Evaluation
SGIP conducts regular reports to monitor and evaluate the impact of the program and the administrative processes of the Program Administrators. The full list of reports can be found on this page.
SGIP Weekly Projects & Budget Reports
- The SGIP Weekly Projects report is available here.
- The SGIP budget report is updated regularly and is available here.
SGIP Regulatory Proceeding Documents
- Distributed Generation Proceeding Information
- Documents for Distributed Generation Proceeding [once there, click on either the “Documents”, “Rulings”, or “Decisions” tab]
To view the latest edition of the Self Generation Incentive Program Handbook, click here.
Applicants who would like to propose new technologies or specific program modifications for consideration by the SGIP Program Administrators and the CPUC must complete the Request Form contained in the Program Modification Guideline, here.
Contact UsPlease contact the Program Administrator for your utility, as identified above, for information on applying for SGIP incentives. SGIP contact information can be found on SelfGenCA.com.
Self-Generation Incentive Program
For income qualified households, statewide programs:
CARE and FERA Energy BIll Discounts
Energy Savings Assistance Program Free Efficiency Services
SwitchIsOn.org Heat Pump Water Heaters and HVAC System Rebates
Solar On Multifamily Affordable Homes (SOMAH) Program Solar Incentives
For income qualified households in disadvantaged communities only:
Disadvantaged Community Single Family Solar Homes (DAC SASH) Program Solar IncentivesDisadvantaged Community Green Tariff (DAC-GT) Bill Credits