The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of clean and efficient distributed generation technologies. SGIP is a ratepayer-funded rebate program, overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission, and available to retail electric and gas customers of the four California investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric). CSE is the program administrator for SDG&E territory.
SGIP plays a critical role in the deployment of distributed generation projects and the reduction of onsite electric demand and greenhouse gas emissions. In San Diego, CSE provides technical and financial assistance to prospective and current program participants interested in wind, waste energy recovery, pressure reduction turbines, fuel cells, advanced energy storage and combined heat and power technologies.
In June 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a Natural Resources trailer bill, Senate Bill (SB) 861 (Stats. 2014, ch. 35), which includes language that funding for SGIP will be maintained at an annual level of $83 million statewide through 2019, with administration through 2020. The program was previously set to expire at the end of 2015. Detailed information about the program, application process and eligibility requirements are available in the SGIP Handbook.