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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

Important reminders:

  • 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.

How to Apply

Getting Started
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.