Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

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2016 Self-Generation Incentive Program opening announcement


The SGIP 2016 Program opened to application submissions on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Per D.15-12-027, applications will be accepted in each territory until 50 percent of the territory’s 2016 SGIP program funds are reserved. Once 50 percent of funds have been reserved, PAs will not disburse any additional funds until further ordered by the Commission, as per the Decision. The 2016 applications are subject to the rules according to the 2016 Handbook and must be submitted through the new application portal. Visit the Self-Generation Incentive Program Online Application Database.

Important 2016 program dates:

  1. The application portal will be open from 12 p.m. on February 8 through 6 p.m. February 22. During this time, parties will be able to request company and user registrations and prepare applications for submission.
  2. On February 22 at 6 p.m. the portal will be closed to applicants. All applications should be prepared prior to this time.
  3. On February 23 at 8 a.m. the portal will open for application submissions.

Additional training resources on how to use the application portal will be available starting February 8, 2016. Visit the  Self-Generation Incentive Program Online Application Database.


Important reminders


  • Emailed and regular mail applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only one application per project will be accepted.
  • Application fees must be received within 15 days of application submission.


Please reach out to the Program Administrator in your utility territory if you have questions.


1 The 2016 SGIP Handbook is available on the PAs' website as of February 8, 2016.
2 The application fee is the only reservation requirement that must be mailed directly to the Program Administrator.
3 The Program Administrators will exercise their judgement in assessing program infractions, which may include negligence or intentional submission of inaccurate project information in an attempt to circumvent program policies or create an undue advantage for financial gains.


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.


Table 1.3 Incentive rates for eligible technologies1

Technology TypeIncentive ($/W)

Renewable and Waste Energy Recovery

Wind Turbine


Waste Heat to Power


Pressure Reduction Turbine2


Non-Renewable Conventional CHP

Internal Combustion Engine - CHP


Micro-turbine – CHP


Gas Turbine – CHP


Emerging Technologies

Advanced Energy Storage


Biogas Adder3


Fuel Cell – CHP or Electric Only


1 Table pulled from the 2016 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.

Tiered pricing structure

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 percent

>1 MW to 2 MW

50 percent

>2 MW to 3 MW

25 percent

Maximum savings: 60 percent of approved project costs


Program background

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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PG&E Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
PO Box 7433
San Francisco, CA 94120

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PG&E Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
245 Market St., MC N7R
San Francisco, CA 94105-1797

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