The California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is back. Are you ready?

Here’s how to take advantage of these rebates available for small energy storage systems up to 10kW in size.

2017 Program Opening Key Dates

The California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is back and we expect the number of applications will far exceed the available funds. Only those installers who are ready and knowledgeable will succeed in taking advantage of this program for their homeowners. The resources on this site will help you be ready.

Click here to learn how to apply.


Q. Can I apply for SGIP rebates if the project has already been installed and/or interconnected?
A. Yes. You can apply if you have an energy storage project that has already been installed and interconnected in the state of California, and it’s within one of the investor owned utilities. Additionally, the project must also have received permission to operate within the last 12 months from the date of application.

Q. Does Enphase qualify for the 20% CA Manufacturer bonus?
A. No. The current revision of the SGIP states that manufacturing must happen in California. We aren’t aware of any energy storage manufacturers that qualify for this rebate.

Q. Do I need to stay up until 1AM to be the first in line for submitting my applications?
A. No. The program opens on May 1, 2017. Even though the program is set to be first-come-first-served, as long as you submit your application on opening day, you have the same chance as anyone else of getting a rebate reservation.

Q. Can I reserve a SGIP rebate for one project, and then change the reservation to another project later on?
A. No. Unfortunately there is no swapping reservations.

Q. Do I need to pay a reservation fee to reserve a SGIP rebate?
A. Yes. Currently 5% of the rebate amount is needed.

Brief background of CA Self-Generation Incentive Program

  • The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of new qualifying technologies that are installed to meet all, or a portion of the electric energy needs of a facility.
  • SGIP was created in 2001 (pre CSI) to help encourage deployment of renewable generation technologies, reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, and increase grid reliability.
  • The program is rate-payer funded and overseen by the CPUC
  • Authorized administration through 2020
    • Applications accepted until all incentive funds have been fully paid or until December 31, 2020; whichever comes first.

Residential energy storage eligibility

  • Installation must be permanent
  • System must be grid-tied and installed behind customer’s meter
  • System must be certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL)
  • Systems designed to provide Backup Power are not eligible

Learn more about the Enphase Storage System here.