To help our customers be better prepared for outages and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), we are offering incentives available through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Financial Assistance Pilot*, which cover a majority of the costs to install self-generating energy storage systems. These systems are designed to offset your energy use and work as backup batteries to provide power for your home when an outage or a PSPS occurs. If you live in a high-fire risk area or other qualifying communities, you may be eligible to have an energy storage system installed at very low cost to you through our Self-Generation Incentive Program.
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 you prepare for a PSPS or other outage. A battery will use stored grid or solar energy to keep your home running when grid power is disconnected.
You may be able to receive significant financial incentives. Qualifying customers may have most of the installation costs covered, allowing your home to be prepared for the unexpected without significant out-of-pocket costs
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 home’s energy usage as well as the size of your energy system. This stored energy will then keep your home 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.
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.
- Check the CPUC Fire Map to find out if you live in a Tier 2 or Tier 3 High Fire Threat District (HFTD).
Yes, there are home energy storage incentives for those who do not live in eligible communities and high fire-risk areas. The approved developers will be able to discuss the Self-Generation Incentive Program general market incentives still available to all customers.
In addition, if you do not meet the qualifications for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, we still have rebate options of $150, up to $200, or up to $600 for products that support your power needs. Visit the SCE Marketplace to research and shop for qualifying Portable Power Station or Portable Generator products.
Available rebates include:
- A $150 rebate for the purchase of a qualifying Portable Power Station, if you live in an area designated as a Tier 2 or Tier 3 high fire risk area. (Limit of 5 per SCE residential address.)
- A $200 rebate ($600 for income-qualified or Medical Baseline customers) for the purchase of a qualifying Portable Generator, if you live in an area designated as a Tier 2 or Tier 3 high fire risk area.
If you have already purchased a qualifying product within the past 90 days, and would like to apply for a rebate, visit marketplace.sce.com and click on “Product Rebate”. A proof of purchase is required and products must meet the terms and conditions listed on the SCE Marketplace. You can also visit sce.com/rebates to learn about other rebates that may be available to you.
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 your main electrical panel is configured to only have critical load (e.g., a few lights, refrigerator, A/C) on, your energy storage system will last longer. 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.
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.
If you rely on an electric well water pump and live in a high fire-risk zone or are impacted by PSPS events, you may also be eligible for incentives to offset most or all costs to install a residential battery storage system.
To qualify, you must:
- Live in a High Fire Threat District (Tier 2 or Tier 3), check the CPUC Fire Map or
- Have experienced two or more discrete PSPS shut offs, and
- Rely on an electric pump for your well water supply (critical drinking water and sanitation supply, not for agricultural use), and
- Meet income qualification guidelines:
- Demonstrate annual household income of no greater than 80 percent of Areas Median Income (AMI), or
- Residential multi-family buildings to demonstrate they are either located in a disadvantaged community, as defined by SGIP, or that 80 percent of building households have incomes at or below 60 percent of AMI, and
- Provide an attestation stating that the storage installation site is a primary residence (not a second home, vacation rental, or other residence that is not a primary residence) occupied by either a homeowner or tenants, and that the residence is not provided water by a municipal or private utility.
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.
SGIP requires Energy Storage systems to discharge a minimum of 52 full discharges per year. A ‘full discharge’ is the equivalent of discharging the SGIP-incentivized energy capacity, whether it is during a single, or multiple discharges. SGIP does not dictate or control when the battery discharge occurs.
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.
- The Pilot will provide an advance payment incentive to approved contractors, which is intended to reduce upfront installation cost barriers for all qualified residential customers who are eligible for the residential SGIP equity budget, or residential equity resiliency customers (HFTD or 2+ PSPS shut off and Low Income or Medical Baseline or low income reliant on electric well pump).
- Pilot available to all qualified Residential Customers who are eligible for the residential SGIP Equity and Equity Resiliency Budgets
- All Developers must be on the SGIP Approved Developer List. Vendors to be eligible to participate in the Pilot must have the following:
- Active CSLB License
- Adequate Insurance
- Good standing with the BBB
- Payment process - The upfront payment of 50 percent of the approved incentive value will be provided to the vendor once the Reservation Request Forms (RRF) have been reviewed and a confirmed incentive reservation has been issued. The remaining 50 percent incentive will be paid to the vendor upon completion of the energy storage and once the Incentive Claim Forms (ICF) have been reviewed and approved.