Who Is Eligible For SGIP?
Every year because of the wind, dry climate, and warm California temperatures, the state goes through a “fire season”. During this season, California’s utility companies are often forced to shut off power to customers during high wind events. This is to avoid being held liable for possible fire damages caused by a downed powerline. California’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is designed to help homeowners living in these impacted areas considered Fire Zones, to cover most of the costs associated with installing a home battery. The program is paid for and available to the utility ratepayers of SDG&E, SoCal Gas, SCE, and PG&E. Homeowners eligible for SGIP can receive rebates that significantly lower costs of a home battery capable of powering a home during an electrical outage. SunPro Solar has helped many homeowners who qualify cover their costs completely.
The program is one of the first incentives of its kind in the US. It has been extremely successful in helping California lead the nation in the adoption of home battery technology. In fact, nearly 60% program budget is earmarked for customers meeting one of a few specific qualifications.
Homeowners living in high fire risk areas who have experienced at least two power safety shut off events on at least two separate occasions can qualify for the SGIP. From there, you must be considered either low-income, on a medical baseline with your utility provider, or rely on an electric well pump for water.
SGIP Funds Are Limited
Homeowners should be aware that SGIP funds are allocated across incentive steps and are based on demand. Obviously, the funds will decline as the program progresses. The Califonia Public Utilities Commission authorized more than $1 billion through 2024 for SGIP to prepare for the next wildfire seasons. Depending on the category a customer is eligible for, they can receive rebates up to $1,000 per kilowatt-hour. This rebate significantly reduces the cost of a home battery system available on the market today to almost free.
For homeowners eligible for the Equity Resilience rebate, adding a free home battery is a no-brainer. If you are a Southern California and would like more information regarding the SGIP or would like to check if you may qualify for the rebates click here. You can also call or text us at 951-678-7733 and set an appointment with an experienced Energy Expert and they can answer any questions or concerns you have about home battery or solar technology.