Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

SGIP Update: As of January 20th, 2016
The Self-Generation Incentive Program Opening Date for 2016 has yet to be determined due to regulatory activity at the CPUC. The SGIP Program will open as soon as possible with half of the annual budget; the other half will be made available mid-year after CPUC program modifications. Program Administrators will post the Opening Date as soon as possible – we expect within the next couple of weeks. Thank you!

Program Overview

PG&E provides financial incentives for business customers installing new, qualifying equipment for generating energy. The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) applies both to renewable and non-renewable technologies.

Who Benefits from the Program?

New and existing business customers are encouraged to apply when installing qualifying, self-generation technology.

Qualifying renewable, emerging and waste energy recovery technologies*Qualifying nonrenewable technologies
  • Wind turbines
  • Advanced Energy Storage (AES)
  • Waste heat to power
  • Biogas
  • Pressure reduction turbines
  • Fuel cells (electric or combined heat and power)
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Microturbines
  • Gas turbines (all combined heat and power technologies)

*For solar rebates, check out PG&E’s California Solar Initiative (CSI)

The incentives offered in PG&E's SGIP program depend upon the type of system, size, fuel source and out-of-pocket costs involved in installing the self-generation equipment.

The 2015 incentive levels are as follows:
$33.4 million per year in available incentives
75% renewable and emerging/25% nonrenewable

Table 1.3 Incentive Rates for Eligible Technologies1

Technology TypeIncentive ($/W)
Renewable and Waste Energy Recovery  
Wind Turbine $1.07
Waste Heat to Power $1.07
Pressure Reduction Turbine2 $1.07
Non-Renewable Conventional CHP  
Internal Combustion Engine - CHP $0.44
Micro-turbine – CHP $0.44
Gas Turbine – CHP $0.44
Steam Turbine - CHP $0.44
Emerging Technologies  
Advanced Energy Storage $1.46
Biogas Adder3 $1.46
Fuel Cell – CHP or Electric Only $1.65

1 Table pulled from the 2015 SGIP Handbook V.1.
2 Pressure reduction turbine includes but is not limited to, any small turbine generator installed in an existing, man-made channel for delivery of water, steam or natural gas.
3 The biogas incentive is an adder that may be used in conjunction with fuel cells or any conventional CHP technology.

For projects that are greater than one megawatt (MW) and up to three megawatts, the incentives identified above decline according to the schedule below:

CapacityIncentive rate (percentage of base)
0 to 1 MW 100%
>1 MW to 2 MW 50%
>2 MW to 3 MW 25%

Maximum savings: 60 percent of approved project costs

In September 2000, Assembly Bill 970 was approved, which called for the creation of more energy supply and demand programs. As a result, in March 2001, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a decision creating the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) to offer financial incentives to their customers who install certain types of distributed generation to meet all or a portion of their energy needs. In late 2003, AB 1685 extended the SGIP through 2007. Then, in late 2006, AB 2778 extended the SGIP again through 2011. In early 2006, the CPUC established the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and ordered changes to transition solar energy programs from the SGIP into the CSI beginning in 2007. Finally in 2011, as a result of the implementation of SB 412, the program was modified to its current structure, with a focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and SGIP was extended through 2015.


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