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SGIP Information

What is SGIP and who sponsors it?
The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is a state-wide ratepayer-funded California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) program that offers rebates for installing energy storage technology at your facility.

Southern California Edison is the SGIP Program Administrator for CPA’s territory and is responsible for administering the application process and distributing incentive payments.

What SGIP budget category / incentive level is my facility eligible for?

Below is a table describing the three non-residential battery storage budget categories that are available through the SGIP program and their associated eligibility criteria. The Large-Scale Storage budget category has a step-down structure, so once the funding at the current step is exhausted, the next step will open at a decreased funding level. This step-down process continues until there is no funding left in the program. Note that the funding levels shown in the table are current as of October 2020 and will decrease once the funding in the current step has run out. This table will be updated regularly, but for the latest updates on funding availability, please reference the SGIP Program Metrics website.

If you are uncertain whether your facility meets the eligibility requirements of the Storage Equity or Equity Resiliency budgets, please visit the CPUC SGIP Information website. There, you can find eligibility maps and user guides that will help you determine whether your facility lies in one of the areas eligible for these high-incentive budget categories.

  Large Scale Storage Non-Residential Storage Equity Equity resiliency
Incentive Rate (as of 10/2020) w/o ITC: $350/kWh w ITC: $250/kWh $850/kWh $1000/kWh
Status Open Waitlist Open
Eligibility Requirements

Be a non-residential customer

Energy storage size of at least 10kW

Be a public institution or small business

AND

Be located in a disadvantaged community (DAC) or in an income-qualified neighborhood

Located in Hire Fire-Threat District (HFTD) Tier 2 or 3 or experienced >1 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in last year

AND

Is a critical facility or critical infrastructure provider

AND

Provides services to underserved communities

 

How do I apply?

The SGIP application process is completed through the online SGIP Online Application Database.  Your installer may assist you in completing the SGIP application process. If you are not yet working with a battery storage provider, you can reference our list of Battery Storage Providers [Link to Battery Storage Provider section of Support page] in CPA’s service territory.

What information is required in the application?

Your installer may assist you in gathering the following information and documents.

  1. Reservation Request Form includes the following:
    1. Budget category
    2. Contact information for host customer, system owner, developer, applicant, payee, and contractor/installer (often some of these contact points will overlap)
    3. Project site location information
    4. Proposed system specifications (manufacturer, model, rated capacity, storage capacity, discharge duration, etc)
    5. Equipment details  (this includes specifications on the various components of the proposed system)
    6. Utility information (this includes rate tariff, account holder name, peak annual demand, and interconnection date)
    7. Project costs and funding
  2. Additional required documents (e.g., Copy of Executed Contract or Agreement for Installation, Equipment Specifications, Proof of Electric Service, Proposed Monitoring Plan (>=30 kW))
  3. Application fee (1% of the amount of incentive requested)
What are the steps in the application process?

There is a three-step application process for public and non-public entities with battery storage projects ≥ 10 kW.

1. Reservation Request

This first step involves the initial submittal of the application and all supporting documentation. Once this application has been approved by the Program Administrator, your facility will receive a conditional reservation of the requested incentive which will be awarded once the project meets certain milestones.

2. Proof of Project Milestone

To verify that the project is moving forward, Proof of Project Milestone documentation (utility interconnection agreements, etc.) must be submitted within a certain time frame after receiving the conditional reservation (90 days for non-public entities, 240 days for public entities).

3. Incentive Claim

Within 18 months of the conditional reservation date, your system must be installed, interconnected, and operational and an Incentive Claim Form must be submitted. At this point, the Program Administrator may conduct a site inspection to verify the installation of the battery energy storage system. Once the Program Administrator approves the Incentive Claim Form, upfront incentives will be paid and the Performance Based Incentive process will begin. All new non-residential energy storage projects will be paid 50% of the incentive upfront and 50% on a performance basis over the next 5 years.

Does CPA provide support through the SGIP application process?

Clean Power Alliance is able to provide support if you have questions about how to get started on the application process and assemble the required documents. Please contact CPA at powerresponse@cleanpoweralliance.org if you have any questions. CPA can also provide guidance in selecting the appropriate battery size for your facility – please fill out the Battery Sizing Analysis Request form if you would like to receive technical assistance.