Self-Generation Incentive Program
Due to an increase in application submittals for the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), funds for Renewable and Emerging Technologies have been fully allocated and a waitlist has been established in Southern California Edison (SCE) service territory. The SGIP technologies on waitlist status are: wind turbine, fuel cell, waste heat to power, pressure reduction turbines, and advanced energy storage.
All new applications will be placed on the waitlist, which was established on April 7, 2015. If funds become available, waitlist applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were received until available funding is again exhausted. If a waitlist exists at the end of this Program Year, the waitlisted applications will become the first projects for the following Program Year (see SGIP 2015 Handbook, section 2.3.5).
The waitlist is limited to 50 projects, or up to 50% of the next Program Year’s annual incentive budget and will close once it reaches this limit (see SGIP 2015 Handbook, section 2.3.6).
Incentives are still available for SGIP Non-Renewable Conventional CHP category, such as internal combustion engine, microturbine, gas turbine and steam turbine.
About the Program
Designed with Business in Mind
If you want to generate your own power, the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) could be a good option for your business. SGIP offers rebates to residential, commercial, industrial, government and non-profit customers who install qualifying types of distributed generation to meet all or a portion of their own energy needs.
The SGIP can help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions while also helping reduce electrical system demand, which in turn helps reduce the need to build expensive fossil fuel-fired power plants.
There are several rebate levels based on the technology type you use and how much energy you generate. The SGIP Handbook (PDF) offers a detailed guide to the program, and will answer questions you might have about equipment and rebates.
Eligible Power Technologies
SGIP rebates are offered for energy generation related to wind, fuel cell, waste heat capture, and conventional CHP. Rebates are also provided for advanced energy storage, stand-alone as well as paired with SGIP- eligible technologies or solar.
- Only commercially available and factory new equipment are eligible for rebates, which are based on system type, size, fuel source and out-of-pocket costs.
- Rebuilt or refurbished equipment is not eligible to receive rebates under this program.
- There are no minimum size criteria for SGIP eligible technologies.
- There is no maximum system size limit, although the incentive payment is capped at 3 MW.
- Eligible generation equipment must be certified to operate in parallel with the electric system grid (not back-up generation) and meet other criteria established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Solar rebates are currently administered under SCE’s California Solar Initiative program.
Calculating Your Rebate
Eligibility for participation in the SGIP is based on greenhouse gas emission reductions. Self-generation technologies eligible for the program are grouped into three incentive levels as shown in Table 1-1.
|Technology Type||Incentive ($/W)|
|Renewable and Waste Energy Recovery||Wind Turbine||$1.07|
|Waste Heat to Power Technologies||$1.07|
|Pressure Reduction Turbine||$1.07|
|Non-Renewable Conventional CHP||Internal Combustion Engine - CHP||$0.44|
|Gas Turbine CHP||$0.44|
|Steam Turbine CHP||$0.44|
|Emerging Technologies||Advanced Energy Storage1||$1.46|
|Fuel Cell - CHP or Electric Only||$1.65|
1Standalone or paired with solar PV or any otherwise eligible SGIP technology.
2Biogas incentive is an adder that may be used in conjunction with fuel cells or any conventional CHP technologies.
Tiered Incentive Rates
For projects greater than 1 MW up to 3 MW, the incentive identified in the above table declines according to the schedule in the table below.
|Capacity||Incentive Rate (Percent of Base)|
|0 - 1 MW||100%|
|>1 MW - 2 MW||50%|
|>2 MW - 3 MW||25%|
Rebates are paid for system capacities up to 3 MW, including existing generating capacity that has previously received SGIP incentives.
For most businesses, the SGIP application is a three-step process:
Reserve an SGIP Incentive
To start the application process and reserve your SGIP rebate, you will need to submit the following forms and documents. Your reservation request will be reviewed by an SGIP Program Administrator and you’ll receive a Conditional Reservation Letter once all forms are received and approved.
- Completed Reservation Form (Excel)
- Residential Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet (Excel)
- Commercial Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet (Excel)
See the SGIP Handbook for other documents applicable to your business and energy generation type.
Non-public entities have 60 calendar days from the date of the Conditional Reservation Letter to satisfy all Proof of Project Milestone (PPM) criteria and to submit the following completed documents:
- Proof of Project Checklist (Excel)
- Renewable Affidavit (PDF)
- Directed Biogas Renewable Fuel Attestation – System Owner (PDF)
- Directed Biogas Renewable Fuel Attestation – Fuel Supplier (PDF)
See the SGIP Handbook for a complete list of required PPM documents applicable to your business and energy generation type.
Once your self-generation project is completed, you may request payment of the rebate using the Incentive Claim Form and supporting documents.
- Incentive Claim Form (Excel)
- Project Cost Breakdown (Excel)
- Project Cost Affidavit (Word)
- Planned Maintenance Letter (Word)
- Energy Efficiency Affidavit (Word)
See the SGIP Handbook for a complete list of required ICF documents applicable to your business and energy generation type.
- Request for California Supplier Status (Word)
- PDP File Format Specifications and Data Validation Rules (PDF)
- Rule 21 – Generating Facility Interconnections (PDF)
- SCE's Electrical Service Requirements Manual (PDF)
- Net Energy Metering Tariff (PDF)
Visit our Net Energy Metering (NEM) page and learn how your bill is adjusted for self generation.
Access the SGIP Archives here.