Self-Generation Incentive Program

Find out how you may be able to benefit from the Self-Generation Incentive Program.

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources. SGIP provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer's side of the utility meter.  Qualifying technologies include wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and energy storage systems.

Eligible Technologies and Incentive Rates

Incentives for generation technologies
Generation Technology / Technology Type Incentive Rate Resiliency Adder
Wind $2.00/W $2.50/W
Waste Heat to Power $2.00/W $2.50/W
Pressure Reduction Turbine $2.00/W $2.50/W
Internal Combustion Engine CHP* $2.00/W $2.50/W
Microturbine CHP $2.00/W $2.50/W
Gas Turbine CHP $2.00/W $2.50/W
Steam Turbine – CHP $2.00/W $2.50/W
Fuel Cell CHP $2.00/W $2.50/W
Fuel Cell Electric Only $2.00/W $2.50/W
Linear Generator $2.00/W $2.50/W
*Ineligibility of IC engines located in areas of federal nonattainment.

Incentives for energy storage technologies per Watt-hour (Wh)

Energy Storage Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Large Storage (>10 kW) $0.35/Wh $0.30/Wh $0.25/Wh N/A N/A
Large Storage Claiming ITC $0.25/Wh $0.22/Wh $0.18/Wh N/A N/A
Residential Storage (<=10 kW) $0.35/Wh $0.30/Wh $0.25/Wh $0.20/Wh $0.15/Wh
If the previous incentive step becomes fully subscribed within 10 calendar days across all Program Administrator territories, the incentive decline to the next step will be $0.10/Wh rather than $0.05/Wh.
Large Storage projects are eligible for a $0.15/Wh Resiliency Adder.
Other Budgets  
Equity Resiliency $1.00/Wh
Equity $0.85/Wh

For more information on the Incentive Rates for Current Steps, please visit the SGIP Program Metrics webpage.  


Renewable Fuel Blending Requirements
All gas generation technologies are required to blend a minimum amount of renewable fuel beginning in 2017. The minimum percentage is determined by the year in which the application is accepted. The table below incorporates the minimum renewable fuel blending requirements by application year. 

Minimum Renewable Fuel Blending Requirement

Application Year % Renewable Fuel Required
2016 0%
2017 10%
2018 25%
2019 50%
2020 100%

Energy Storage Technologies 

Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards
During the PBI term, non-residential projects are required to reduce GHGs by a minimum of five kilograms of CO2 per rated energy capacity (kg/kWh) annually to recoup full payment.
Upfront Eligibility Requirements for New Residential Applications
Additionally, all new residential IOU and non-IOU customers are required to enroll in a time-varying rate with a peak period starting at 4pm or later and with a summer peak to off-peak price differential of 1.69 or more, if such rate is available.
Operational Requirements
Commercial systems are required to discharge a minimum of 104 full discharges per year. Residential systems are required to discharge a minimum of 52 full discharges per year. A “full discharge” is the equivalent of discharging the SGIP-incentivized energy capacity, whether it is during a single or multiple discharges.