California Energy Storage Rebates

September 29, 2020

Making the decision to install a battery storage system on your home can be an expensive investment. SGIP can recude the upfront installation costs and help homeowners afford installing a battery storage system on their homes.

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is run by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The SGIP program offers homeowners rebates for installing energy storage technology on their homes. These storage technologies include battery storage systems that can function in the event of a power outage. Homeowners can receive a rebate between $250 to $1,000 per kilowatt-hour depending on the rebate category the homeowner is eligible for.

The SGIP program can potentially cover 25% to 100% of the cost of an average energy storage system including installation.

The Benefits of Energy Storage

Battery storage can be an important element of a more robust emergency preparedness plan in the event of a power outage.

  • Homeowners with solar panels on their roof, can store excess solar energy and use it when the sun is not out.
  • Homeowners without solar panels, can still benefit from this technology as it allows them to store energy from the electric grid and utilize that power in the event of a power outage. Depending on the battery and how much it is being used, this could last several hours, or longer.

Eligibility for SGIP rebates

Any residential customer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), or San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is eligible for a General Market SGIP rebate of approximately $250/kilowatt-hour (incentive decreases overtime), which means the rebate covers approximately 25 percent of the cost of an average energy storage system. In addition to the General Market rebate, there are two additional categories of higher SGIP rebates for residential customers: Equity and Equity Resiliency. 

All three SGIP rebate categories require the system to be 10 kW or less in size, and must be installed on a residential property.

Equity

Equity Resiliency

Rebate Rate: $850/kilowatt-hour

Rebate Rate: $1,000/kilowatt-hour

Rebate covers approximately 85 percent of the cost of an average energy storage system

Rebate covers close to 100 percent of the cost of an average energy storage system.

To be eligible you must meet one of the following criteria:
To be eligible you must meet one of the following criteria:

• You live in a single-family home and your home is subject to resale restrictions.

 

• You live in a single-family home and have already participated in or have reserved incentives in the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) or Disadvantaged Communities –Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program.

 

• You live anywhere in California Indian Country.

 

* Click HERE to learn if you are in a DAC

• You have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPSs) OR live in a Tier 2 or 3 High Fire Threat District (HFTD).†

 

AND one of the following additional criteria:

 

• You live in multifamily deed-restricted housing or a single-family home subject to resale restrictions.

 

• You are currently enrolled in a utility Medical Baseline Program

 

• You have notified your utility of serious illness and/or life-threatening condition.

 

• You have received or reserved other solar-related incentives (including SASH, DAC-SASH, MASH, or SOMAH programs).

 

• Your home relies on electric pump wells for water

 

† To learn if you are in a HFTD, please visit map with HFTD eligibility forthcoming

 

Source: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/sgipinfo/

How does the SGIP rebate work?

The SGIP rebate is available after the application process is complete and the technology is installed. Some installers may be able to cover the upfront cost for you be sure to mention this to the installer during initial discussions, as some installers may ask you to provide a down payment up front.

Do I have to have solar to be eligible for SGIP?

No, you do not have to have a solar system in order to get energy storage technology installed in your home. However, having a solar system will enable the battery to last longer during an outage because it can recharge during the day, even if the grid is down.

How do I get started?

The first step is to contact your SGIP Program Administrator to find out what programs are still available and if you meet the eligibility requirements. Some programs are fully subscribed, but you may still apply to join the waitlist.

The next step is to find a contractor in your area who can work with you to apply for the SGIP rebate and install the technology in your home. Click HERE to search Renew’s network of Registered Contractors in your area, or contact us at 844-736-3934.

Use PACE financing from Renew Financial to finance a solar system, the cost of a battery storage technology, or both!

Applying takes less than 5 minutes and you could be approved same day. Click HERE to get started!

Who do I call if I want to learn more about the SGIP rebate?

Contact your local SGIP Program Administrator if you still have questions and want more information about SGIP. Your SGIP Program Administrator depends on who your electric and/or gas utility provider is:

PG&E
Website: www.pge.com/sgip
Email: selfgen@pge.com

SCE
Website: www.sce.com/SGIP
Email: SGIPGroup@sce.com

SoCalGas
Website: www.socalgas.com/foryour-business/power-generation/self-generation-incentive
Email: selfgeneration@socalgas.com

SDG&E (via Center for Sustainable Energy)
Website: www.energycenter.org/selfgeneration-incentive-program
Email: sgip@energycenter.org

 

 

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