Self-Generation Incentive Program
2016 Self-Generation Incentive Program Opening Announcement
The SGIP 2016 Program will open to application submissions on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Per D.15-12-027, applications will be accepted in each territory until 50% of the territory’s 2016 SGIP program funds are reserved. Once 50% of funds have been reserved, PAs will not disburse any additional funds until further ordered by the Commission, as per the Decision. The 2016 applications are subject to the rules according to the 2016 Handbook1 and must be submitted through the new application portal at www.selfgenca.com
Important 2016 Program dates:
- The application portal will be opened from 12:00 p.m. on February 8 through 6:00 p.m. February 22. During this time, parties will be able to request company and user registrations and prepare applications for submission.
- On February 22 at 6:00 p.m. the portal will be closed to applicants. All applications should be prepared prior to this time.
- On February 23 at 8:00 a.m. the portal will open for application submissions.
Additional training resources on how to use the application portal will be available starting February 8, 2016 at www.selfgenca.com
- Emailed and regular mail applications will not be accepted2.
- Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Only one application per project will be accepted3.
- Application fees must be received within 15 days of application submission.
Please reach out to the Program Administrator in your utility territory if you have questions.
1 The 2016 SGIP Handbook will be available on the PAs’ websites February 8, 2016.
2 The application fee is the only reservation requirement that must be mailed directly to the Program Administrator.
3 The Program Administrators will exercise their judgment in assessing program infractions, which may include negligence or intentional submission of inaccurate project information in an attempt to circumvent program policies or create an undue advantage for financial gains.
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 home or 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.
Incentive Levels & Rates
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|
|Waste Heat to Power Technologies||$1.02|
|Pressure Reduction Turbine||$1.02|
|Non-Renewable Conventional CHP|
|Internal Combustion Engine - CHP||$0.42|
|Gas Turbine CHP||$0.42|
|Steam Turbine CHP||$0.42|
|Advanced Energy Storage1||$1.31|
|Fuel Cell - CHP or Electric Only||$1.49|
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 homes and businesses, the SGIP application is a three-step process:
Reserve an SGIP Incentive
To start the application process and reserve your SGIP rebate, you must complete the application online at www.selfgenca.com. 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.
- Reservation Request (RR)
- Residential Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet (Excel)
- Commercial Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet (Excel)
- Residential AES Affidavit
- Residential AES Field Inspection Protocol
- Residential AES Questionnaire
See the SGIP Handbook for other documents applicable to your business and energy generation type.
Show Proof of Project Milestone
Non-public entities have 90 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 Milestone (PPM)
- 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.
Request Your Incentive
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 (ICF)
- 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)
- SGIP Wait List Explanation (PDF)
Visit our Net Energy Metering (NEM) page and learn how your bill is adjusted for self generation.
- Case Study: Staples Ontario Warehouse
- Commercial Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet
- Incentive Claim Form & Checklist
- List of Approved California Suppliers
- List of Approved Performance Data Providers
- Net Energy Metering Tariff
- Planned Maintenance Letter
- Project Cost Affidavit
- Project Cost Breakdown
- Request for California Supplier Status
- Reservation Form & Contract
- Residential Minimum Operating Efficiency Spreadsheet
- Rule 21 - Generating Facility Interconnections
- SCE's Electrical Service Requirements Manual
- SGIP Budget Report
- SGIP Handbook
- SGIP Statewide Report