Statewide incentives for energy storage
Humboldt County Homes and Businesses are Signing Up for No- or Low-Cost Battery Systems
RCEA encourages our customers to take advantage of rebates available for a limited time for installing energy storage technology such as batteries at homes, businesses, and public facilities. Energy storage can reduce utility bills and keep the lights on during a power outage.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is providing these incentives. RCEA encourages our customers to reach out to an approved developer to reserve any potential incentives and rebates from SGIP as they are going fast.
RCEA is negotiating a contract with one of these approved developers, Swell Energy, to implement a program specifically for our Community Choice Energy customers, which would add value to the SGIP. Swell Energy has indicated that there is a level of urgency at this time due to limited fund availability. Swell Energy is just one of the developers under SGIP, and they will be working with local companies for installation.
In response to California’s wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) the CPUC has authorized funding of more than $1 billion through 2024 for SGIP. This funding includes prioritization of communities living in high fire-threat areas, communities that have experienced two or more utility PSPS events, as well as low income and medically vulnerable customers.
Residential customers may be qualified for no-cost or low-cost battery storage systems if you experienced 2 or more PSPS events in 2019 and one of the following is true:
- Are eligible for medical baseline.
- Have a serious illness that is life-threatening if disconnected from electricity.
- Rely on an electric well pump, and have income less than 80% of average median income.
- Live in income-qualified housing.
- Have these incentives reserved:
- SASH – Single-family Solar Homes
- DAC-SASH – Disadvantaged Communities – Single-Family Solar Homes
- MASH – Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing
- SOMAH – Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing
The funds are also available for critical facilities that support community resilience in the event of a PSPS event or wildfire, such as police station; fire stations; emergency operations centers; 911 call centers; medical facilities; hospitals; skilled nursing facilities; nursing homes; public and private gas, electric, water, wastewater and flood control facilities; dialysis centers; jails and prisons; cooling centers; homeless shelters; grocery stores; corner stores; and markets and supermarkets with less than $15 million in annual receipts.
As of September 1, over $26 million of incentives has been reserved in Humboldt County for residential, commercial, Tribal, and Public Facilities.
To check if you qualify and begin the application process, contact one of the developers listed below, visit swellenergy.com/rcea or call Swell Energy at (800) 898- 1832.
View the Residential Equity and Equity Resilience Matrix (PDF) and the Non-Residential Equity and Equity Resiliency Matrix (PDF) for more information regarding eligibility for this program.
Download this Approved SGIP Developer List (XLSX) to see which contractors have been approved to work with the SGIP program.