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SGIP Assistance

Self-Generation Incentive Program


NOTE: Due to high demand, the Tesla Powerwall is now only available while supplies last. This means that if you choose to move forward with this battery, you'll be waitlisted. Availability and installation are indefinite until further notice, and the job will be postponed until spring-summer of 2021 when Tesla replenishes its inventory.

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers equity resiliency applicants a rebate of $1 per watt-hour of battery storage installed. For those who qualify, depending on the market cost of the system, you may get a rebate equal to the system cost, however, it does not cover solar panels or installation of solar panel systems, which power the batteries.


Given this, we strongly recommend that homeowners impacted by PSPS or in fire zones, plus registered medical baseline or are low income, go solar+battery.


What's in it for you?

  • 26% Federal Tax Credit back

  • $1,000 off when you mention #GRIDLIBERATION

  • $0 upfront costs, covered when approved through the Incentive Advance Pilot Program

  • Battery system claim back, upon eligibility and approval through the SGIP Resiliency Equity program

  • $0 down and $0 pay until 2022, depending on credit


To promote equitable distribution of funds, the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides increased incentives to customers who need the equipment the most. Any PG&E customer can apply for SGIP incentives, and as a residential customer, you may receive increased incentives depending on your income status, location, medical/essential needs, and likelihood to be shutoff in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event.

In the event that there is one, if you do not have a backup power source, here are some tips to protect your family during an outage, visit Safety Action Center at PG&E.

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The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of new qualifying technologies that are installed to meet all or a portion of the electric energy needs of a facility. The purpose of the SGIP is to contribute to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions, demand reductions and reduced customer electricity purchases, resulting in the electric system reliability through improved transmission and distribution system utilization; as well as market transformation for distributed energy resource (DER) technologies.

This handbook establishes the policies and procedures of the SGIP for potential program participants and other interested parties. The SGIP has been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and is subject to change in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. Any changes made to the SGIP will be published in revisions to this Handbook and/or posted at each Program Administrator’s (PA’s) website. The Program Administrators are Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and the Center for Sustainable Energy® (CSE).2

Eligibility for the Equity Resiliency Budget

Residential customers are eligible for the Equity Resiliency Budget if they meet each of the following:

  1. Are located in Tier 3 or Tier 2 or impacted by two PSPS events prior to the date of application for SGIP incentives, and

  2. Are one of the following:

  • Eligible for the SGIP Equity Budget; or

  • Medical Baseline customer; or

  • A customer that has notified their utility of serious illness or condition that could become life-threatening if electricity is disconnected; or

  • Rely on electric pump wells for water supplies

To see if you're in an eligible fire zone, refer to the CPUC Fire Map, including for the most up-to-date information on current incentive steps, rates, and available funds.



You may be eligible to receive a fully funded battery. To support our customers who are most vulnerable to PSPS events yet financially unable to purchase a battery, SGIP offers incentive levels high enough to potentially provide you with a free battery. Batteries vary in the amount of energy they can store, and this energy storage capacity is typically measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) or watt-hours (Wh). To help you address your specific needs and help you cover your specific costs, SGIP incentives are provided on a per Wh basis. While battery costs vary across developers, in 2019, the cost of a battery ranged from $0.72/Wh to $1.25/Wh (with an average battery cost of $0.99/Wh), and with SGIP, you may qualify for incentives as high as $1.00/Wh. 

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