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Program Participant Information

Homeowners and Business Owners

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers incentives to host customers for the installation and ongoing operation of energy storage and generation technologies at both residential and nonresidential facilities.

The best way to get started in accessing SGIP funds is to reach out to an installer who can help navigate the application process and determine eligibility.

Residential and nonresidential customers of SDG&E are eligible to apply through the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Ongoing Responsibilities for Host Customers

  • Compliance with greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
  • Securing a time-of-use (TOU) utility rate (residential).
  • Informing the SGIP Program Administrator if the system is relocated.
  • Operational requirements for discharging the battery.
  • 10-year equipment permanency requirement.

More Than a Rebate – Download Our Reference Document

The SGIP is an incentive program through which participation comes with ongoing responsibilities for the host customer, system owner, and developer. Download our PDF document to learn more about ongoing responsibilities when participating in the program as a host customer.

Contractors and Developers

Contracted installers of a proposed SGIP system must have an active license issued by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) that complies with all current licensing requirements for the SGIP-eligible technology that is being installed.

Developers hold the contract for purchase and installation of the system and handle the project development activities.

Program responsibilities for contractors and developers (after payment is issued):

  • Data reporting.
  • Informing SGIP if host customer relocates.
  • 10-year equipment permanency requirement.
  • 10-year workmanship warranty requirement.

Project Developer Activities

Project developers play a central role in SGIP applications and installations. You are considered a project developer if you complete a substantial amount of the following activities.

  1. Approaching or communicating with the host customer about the project and learning about the property’s electrical needs and energy profile.
  2. Developing the specifications for a system based on the customer’s needs and interests.
  3. Soliciting bids from multiple manufacturers for the specified system.
  4. Gaining the customer’s commitment to purchase or lease the specified system, usually but not necessarily by signing a purchase order or other form of agreement with a customer.
  5. Purchasing the specified system from the manufacturer to fulfill the obligation to provide a system to the customer.
  1. Securing permits for the system on behalf of the customer.
  2. Securing interconnection permission for the system on behalf of the customer.
  3. Submitting SGIP applications on behalf of the customer.
  4. Liaising with the SGIP administrators on incentive reservations.
  5. Liaising with the SGIP administrators on data reporting requirements.
  6. Supplying project data to SGIP evaluators.
  7. Physically constructing the system at the customer’s premises.
  8. Installing the system at the customer’s premises.

Additional instructions on developer eligibility and registration can be found on the developer registration page of the Self-Generation Incentive Program website. To learn more about project roles, please visit the Get Started page.