Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

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2017 Self-Generation Incentive Program opening announcement

The Self-Generation Incentive Program is currently closed to new applications. The program is undergoing regulatory modifications and a 2017 opening date will be announced after modifications are finalized by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Join us at an SGIP Quarterly Workshop in March

The SGIP Program Administrators (PA) will be hosting an SGIP Quarterly Workshop on March 10 in San Francisco. The workshop will provide SGIP stakeholders important information about the new program that will be rolled out in 2017.

Topics include:

  • Discussion about the new SGIP rules and procedures per recent CPUC Decisions
  • New database and application functionality
  • Energy Solutions portal demo and Q&A
  • Discussion concerning next steps in SGIP including potential storage operation rules and budget scenarios


SGIP Quarterly Workshop
Date: March 10, 2017
Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94103
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Call In: 1-866-652-7690, conference code 3725527625


More details and an agenda will be posted to the service list prior to the workshop.


Important SGIP Program reminders



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 Turbine1


Non-Renewable Conventional CHP

Internal Combustion Engine - CHP


Micro-turbine – CHP


Gas Turbine – CHP


Emerging Technologies

Advanced Energy Storage

$0.50 / Wh

Biogas Adder2

$0.50 / Wh

Fuel Cell – CHP or Electric Only


1 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.
2 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.

Contact us

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Mailing address

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

Overnight address

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

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