San Diego Solar Equity Program


CSE is partnering with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the city of San Diego in a 10-year, $10 million equity-focused incentive program that demonstrates how utilities and municipalities can make rooftop solar more available for income-qualified families. 

Funded by SDG&E shareholder funds as part of city’s franchise agreement, the program addresses local environmental justice and social equity issues by establishing a pathway to solar for income-qualified residents, especially those living in city neighborhoods most vulnerable to climate change impacts. In addition to incentives that cover nearly 100% of solar installations, it furnishes up to $3,500 toward the cost of an electrical panel upgrade to support the solar and up to $1,000 for contractors who provide 40 hours of solar job training.

SDG&E selected CSE to design and administer the program on based consultation with local technical experts and community-based organizations. 

“We appreciate CSE’s inclusive and data-driven approach in designing and administering a program that provides carbon-free electricity and the benefits of cleaner air and healthier communities,” Caroline Winn, SDG&E Chief Executive Officer  

San Diego Solar Equity Program

San Diego Solar Equity Program Impacts

42 active projects

42 active or completed projects

LMI impact

Over 80% of participants in SDSEP have incomes of 80% area median income or less

300+ potential projects

Funding allows for a potential of 300+ solar installations over the life of the program.

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Expand equitable access to solar energy, provide monthly energy bill savings for low-income families, achieve long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions and promote local solar jobs and job training.

CSE's Role

Consult with local stakeholders

Program design

Administer program

Conduct outreach

Website development

Review applications

Qualify incentive recipients


Distributed Energy Resources

Key Partners

San Diego Gas & Electric

City of San Diego

Solar contractors

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569

State Policies Supported

Inform California Assembly Bill 209 implementation

Impact Statement

Participating homeowners will displace most of their electricity load with clean solar energy and save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the lifespan of their system. For the community, that means less demand on the grid and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.