We understand that outages and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) can disrupt your business, and that’s why we’re offering incentives to help you prepare. Our Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) covers a majority of the costs for qualifying businesses to install an energy storage system. By charging your system while you’re connected to the grid, your business can stay powered on when an outage or PSPS occurs.
Use this tool to learn whether your electricity was shut off during a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)
Installing an energy storage system can help prepare your business for a PSPS or other outage. A battery will use stored grid or solar energy to keep your business running when grid power is disconnected.
You may be able to receive significant financial incentives. Qualifying businesses may have most installation costs covered, allowing your business to be prepared for the unexpected without great expense to you.
To protect customers during COVID-19, the installation process requires minimal in-person interaction. You can also search for approved developers online to support you through the application and installment process.
Your energy storage system will charge either from the grid or solar while it is not in use. The amount of stored power will depend on your business’s energy usage as well as the size of your energy system. This stored energy will then keep your business powered on during an outage or a PSPS. You may also be able to take advantage of Time-Of-Use rates by charging your battery when rates are lower during the day or on weekends.
Whether you are considering an energy storage system or have one set up, be sure to review SCE's Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) standards and practices to make sure your system operates safely.
When there are potentially dangerous weather conditions in fire-prone areas, we may need to call a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event. During these events, we will proactively turn off power in high fire risk areas to reduce the threat of wildfires. Turning off our customers’ power is not something we take lightly, but PSPS events are one of the ways we can better ensure the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees. Find out more on our Public Safety Power Shutoffs page.
Visit the SCE Battery Marketplace to explore your options with approved vendors for system sizes under 100 kW or check the Approved Developer List on the statewide SGIP page, which can be found under Forms and Documents > SGIP Developer Eligibility Applications > Approved SGIP Developer List. Once you review quotes and choose a vendor, they’ll help your business through the application process.
The following resources can help you understand if you qualify for the program:
- Download the SGIP Equity and Equity Resiliency Eligibility Matrix to get an in-depth look at the qualifications for businesses
- To verify if your business is in a qualifying area, check the CPUC Fire Map (for Tiers 2 and 3) and check for qualifying Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) and Low Income Communities using the DAC/Low-Income Map.
Note: Eligibility will be determined by the SGIP Administrators.
Yes, anyone can install an energy storage system. For those who do not live in eligible communities and high fire-risk areas, approved developers will be able to discuss the Self-Generation Incentive Program general market incentives still available to all customers.
Charging: You can store power from either your home or business rooftop solar system, or from the grid when electricity prices are lower, to be used at a later time. If an outage is imminent due to a storm or shutoff event, some storage providers are able to send a signal to your battery to fully charge ahead of time, so that you will have the maximum amount of backup power possible during the outage.
Discharging: You can use the energy stored by your battery to power your home or business when the price of electricity from the grid is more expensive, at night when your solar system isn’t producing (if you have solar), or during an outage when you need backup power.
No, you do not need to have solar to qualify for this program. Energy storage allows for self-supply during outages for added resiliency. If you install energy storage, you can also take advantage of load-shifting to maximize your energy consumption during off-peak pricing and benefit from Time-of-Use (TOU) pricing control.
Critical facilities or critical infrastructure providers are defined as: Police stations; fire stations; emergency response providers with the addition of tribal government providers; emergency operations centers; 911 call centers (also referred to as Public Safety Answering Points); medical facilities including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, blood banks, health care facilities, dialysis centers and hospice facilities; public and private gas, electric, water, wastewater or flood control facilities; jails and prisons; locations designated by the IOUs to provide assistance during PSPS events (CRCs); cooling centers designated by state, local or tribal governments; homeless shelters supported by federal, state, or local, or tribal governments; grocery stores, corner stores, markets and supermarkets that have average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less as calculated at the single location applying for SGIP incentives; independent living centers; and food banks.
The vendors listed on our Battery Marketplace have been approved by our third-party vendor to help you with the application and installation process.
For a list of approved SGIP Developers, you can also visit the statewide SGIP page at https://www.selfgenca.com. Once on the page, you can find the list under Forms and Documents > SGIP Developer Eligibility Applications > Approved SGIP Developer List.
As a non-residential battery storage or generation project, you will receive 50% of the full incentive, and the remaining 50% will be paid annually, over five years. The remaining 50% will be adjusted to factor in the performance of your system (capacity factor and actual energy produced/offset for generation equipment; actual energy discharged/offset for battery storage systems).
Please work with your approved vendor to discuss financing options.
The solar and energy storage system controller is generally programmed by the installer to direct the energy to the appropriate system to maximize the customer’s rate plan to offset Time-Of-Use time periods. There is a loading order; first, the solar energy is used for onsite usage, any excess goes to the energy storage until it is full, then any excess after that will be exported to the grid.
Yes. For paired-storage (PS) systems less than 10 kW, NEM credits are capped in accordance with the NEM PS estimation methodology, as described in the NEM Successor Tariff.
For systems over 10 kW, a Net Generation Output Meter (NGOM) must be installed to properly meter the generation of the system and distinguish any energy exported to the grid specifically from the battery component.
By using energy storage instead of traditional generators, you’re helping us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. From supporting businesses to investing in solar and electric vehicle technology, find out how we’re working toward a carbon-free future for California.
For more information, email us at SGIPGroup@sce.com.
These programs are funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Program restrictions and limitations may apply. Services may not be available in all areas. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Program may be modified or terminated without prior notice. California consumers are not obligated to purchase any full fee service or other service not funded by this program.
*Eligible residential customers must meet under one of the following categories: live in multi-family community deed-restricted housing or a single-family home subject to resale restrictions; be eligible for the Equity Budget; be eligible for the Medical Baseline Allowance program; have notified us of a serious illness or condition that could become life-threatening if electricity is disconnected; or rely on electric pump wells for water supplies. For more information, download the SGIP Equity and Equity Resiliency Eligibility Matrix.
**Eligibility will be determined by the SGIP Program Administrators.