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Self-Generation Incentive Program

Fed. Government
Local Government
State Government
Savings Category 
Fuel Cells
Maximum Rebate 

$5 million, or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is less.
Incentive payment is capped at 3 MW.

Program Info
Start Date 


Expiration Date 


Program Type 
State Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

For projects 30 kW or larger, 50% of incentive will be received up-front; 50% will be received based on actual kWh production over the first 5 years. For projects under 30kW, 100% of the incentive will be paid up front.

Wind: $1.19W
Waste Heat to Power: $1.19/W
Pressure Reduction Turbine: $1.19/W
Internal Combustion Engine (CHP): $0.48/W
Microturbine (CHP): $0.48/W
Gas Turbine (CHP): $0.48/W
Advanced Energy Storage: $1.80/W
Biogas: $1.80/W
Fuel Cell (CHP or Electric Only): $2.03/W
An additional incentive of 20 percent will be provided for the installation of eligible distributed generation or Advanced Energy Storage technologies from a California Supplier.
For projects with capacities greater than 1 MW, the first 1 MW receives 100% of the incentive rate, the next capacity increment above 1 MW up to 2 MW receives 50% of the incentive rate, while the last capacity increment above 2 MW up to 3 MW receives 25% of the incentive rate.

California Public Utilities Commission

Initiated in 2001, the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers incentives to customers who produce electricity with wind turbines, fuel cells, various forms of combined heat and power (CHP) and advanced energy storage. For 2013, the incentive payments range from $0.48/W - $2.03/W depending on the type of system. Retail electric and gas customers of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) are eligible for the SGIP. Beginning in May 2012, all technologies previously eligible for the expired [ Emerging Renewables Program] are now eligible for the SGIP program. Originally set to expire at the end of 2011, SB 412 of 2009 amended the Public Utilities Code to allow incentives to be available through January 1, 2016. Any program funding remaining after January 1, 2016 must be returned to the utilities to reduce ratepayer costs.

Systems less than 30 kilowatts (kW) will receive their full incentive upfront. Systems with a capacity of 30 kW or greater will receive half the incentive upfront, and the the other half will be paid over the following five years based on the actual performance. The following technologies will receive the corresponding upfront incentive (or half of this figure if the system is 30 kW or larger):

Renewable and Waste Heat Capture:

* Wind turbines - $1.19/W
* Bottoming Cycle CHP - $1.19/W
* Pressure Reduction Turbine - $1.19/W

Conventional CHP:

* Internal Combustion Engine (CHP) - $0.48/W
* Microturbine (CHP) - $0.48/W
* Gas Turbine (CHP) - $0.48/W

Emerging Technologies:

* Advanced Energy Storage - $1.80/W
* Biogas - $1.80/W
* Fuel Cell - CHP or Electric Only - $2.03/W

There is no minimum or maximum eligible system size, although the incentive payment is capped at 3 MW. Further, the first megawatt (MW) in capacity will receive 100% of the calculated incentive, the second MW will receive 50% of the calculated incentive, and the third MW will receive 25% of the calculated amount. Applicants must pay a minimum of 40% of eligible project costs (the biogas adder is not included in calculating the limit). Projects using the [ Federal Investment Tax Credit] (ITC) must pay 40% of the eligible project costs after the ITC is subtracted from the project costs (i.e., the SGIP credit is limited to 30% of project costs).

PG&E, SCE, and SoCal Gas administer the SGIP program in their service territories, and the California Center for Sustainable Energy administers the program in SDG&E's territory. Customers of PG&E, SDG&E, SCE and SoCal Gas should contact their program administrator for an application, program handbook and additional eligibility information.

'''Program Administrator Contact Information:'''

'''Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) '''
Web: [

Phone: 415-973-6436


Fax: (415) 973-2510

Mailing Address: Self-Generation Incentive Program

P.O. Box 770000

Mail Code B27P

San Francisco, CA 94177-001

'''California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)'''

Web: []

Phone: (858) 244-1177

Fax: (858) 244-1178


Address: California Center for Sustainable Energy

Attn: SELFGEN Program Manager

8690 Balboa Ave, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92123

'''Southern California Edison (SCE)'''

Web: []

Phone: 1-866-584-7436

Fax: (626) 633-3402


Address: Program Manager Self-Generation Incentive Program

Southern California Edison

2131 Walnut Grove Avenue, 3rd Floor, B 10

Rosemead, California 91770

'''Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)'''

Web: []

Phone: 1-866-347-3228


Fax: (213) 244-8222

Address: Self-Generation Incentive Program Administrator

Southern California Gas Company

555 West Fifth Street, GT22H4

Los Angeles, CA 90013-1011

Other Information 

Systems must be new, UL listed, and in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards. Wind systems, fuel cells and advanced energy storage systems must be covered by a minimum five year warranty. The warranty must protect against the breakdown or degradation in electrical output of more than ten percent from the originally rated electrical output. The warranty should cover all replacement and labor costs.