Starting on May 1, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced the opening of the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for 2017 through the end of 2019. During this timeframe, PG&E will administer more than $240 million in SGIP incentives to customers, offering financial incentives to help them install storage, renewables and other energy technologies.
Qualifying Renewable, Emerging
Qualifying Non-Renewable Technologies
|Wind turbines||Internal combustion engines|
|Advanced energy storage||Microturbines|
|Waste heat to power||Gas turbines (all CHP power technologies)|
|Pressure reduction turbines|
|Fuel cells (electric or CHP)|
|Source: Discover the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), PGE|
Developed by the state legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and administered by California’s energy companies, SGIP focuses on integrating renewable energy and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to support California’s climate and clean air goals. The funds allocated for SGIP were doubled this year through the end of the program in 2019.
Starting in 2017, 79% of the incentives under SGIP are now allocated for energy storage with approximately 13% of this available for residential projects. For energy storage projects, PG&E prioritizes applications that pair energy storage with a renewable generator including solar or wind technologies. The remaining 21% of SGIP is allocated for other resources that customers can install to generate energy, including wind turbines, fuel cells, internal combustion engines that use biogas and more. (Energy storage incentives range from $0.30/Wh to $0.50/Wh.)
“Incentives for energy technologies offered through the statewide Self-Generation Incentive Program allow our customers to have choice and control over their energy,” said PG&E Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson. “We applaud California’s direction allocating nearly 80% of the program to energy storage, a growing resource as we continue integrating distributed energy resources for the energy grid of the future.”
Energy storage can help PG&E customers save money and energy while enhancing the overall reliability of an ever-changing energy supply. Additionally, integration challenges associated with increasing growth of renewables and distributed energy resources can be addressed by storage.
PG&E is accepting SGIP applications on a first-come, first-serve basis starting on May 1, 2017. PG&E customers can apply online at www.selfgenca.com. ♦