Microgrid Incentive Program
California’s investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison) are preparing to launch a new program to help provide clean, local energy to communities that need it most. The Microgrid Incentive Program (MIP) is a competitive grant program providing $200M in funding to communities facing outages, power shutoffs, and other events driven by climate change.
Microgrid Incentive Program Can Fund:
- Up to $14M per community microgrid project for management, engineering, and development costs, such as in front-of-the-meter batteries and clean generation resources
- Up to $3M for Special Facilities related costs
- Up to $1M for interconnection-related costs
- Up to $25,000 for application development-related costs
Note: Applicants may also qualify for additional project funding through the Clean Energy Access Grant. For more information, visit the Equity and Access Grant Program webpage.
Eligible applicants include Community-based organizations, local and tribal governments, and third-party developers representing qualified communities.
To be eligible for the MIP, a proposed project must:
- Meet at least one requirement in section A
- Meet at least one requirement in section B
- Meet all technical requirements in section C
For more information about program eligibility, please refer to the Program Handbook (PDF).
- Power critical services like fire stations, hospitals, etc.
- Advanced climate resiliency technology
- Provide reliable energy to disadvantaged populations
- Inform future clean energy initiatives
Follow the required steps below to start engaging with us on planning a community microgrid.
- Email MicrogridIncentiveProgram@sce.com and request the Initial Resilience Consultation. We will email a fillable PDF for you to complete and send back.
- Upon the completion of the Initial Resilience Consultation and if you want to proceed with the program, email us and request the Microgrid Technical Consultation. We will email a fillable PDF for you to complete and send back.
- Upon the completion of the Microgrid Technical Consultation and when the application intake window is open, email us and request the Microgrid Incentive Program application form. We will email a fillable PDF for you to complete and send back. We will announce the application intake window on this program website when the program is open for application submission.
Publish Program Handbook and Program Overview
Consultations With Potential Applicants Begin
MIP Applications Submission
As defined in the California Public Utilities Code, a microgrid is an interconnected, self-sufficient energy system within a clearly defined electrical boundary that can act as a single, controllable entity. It can connect to, disconnect from, or run in parallel with larger portions of the electrical grid, or can be managed and isolated to withstand larger disturbances and maintain electrical supply to connected critical infrastructure.
Microgrids provide energy resilience by disconnecting from the larger electric grid during outages and providing power to customers within the boundary of the microgrid, leveraging energy resources such as solar panels, batteries, generators, etc.
The MIP provides funding specifically for Community Microgrids. These are distinguished by a few key characteristics:
- They serve multiple customers connected by utility distribution infrastructure.
- They typically utilize grid-forming batteries or generation resources located in front of the meter.
- They involve a partnership between a 3rd party Distributed Energy Resource (DER), CMG Aggregator, and the utility, as the grid owner and operator.