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Harnessing Energy Resilience for Low-Income Households in California

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers a unique opportunity for low-income Californians to gain independence from the grid, safeguard their homes against power outages, and reduce their energy costs. This program is a key component of California’s commitment to providing equitable access to renewable energy solutions.

What is the SGIP Residential Storage Equity Program?

The SGIP Residential Equity Program allocates state-funded incentives to support the installation of energy storage systems for qualifying low-income households. By integrating these systems, residents can store energy during low-cost periods and use it during peak times, which is crucial for those in high-risk fire areas or regions prone to frequent power outages.

Why are SGIP funds available to CA residents of low-income?

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides funds in the category of Residential Storage Equity specifically to California residents with low income as a measure to enhance energy resilience and reduce energy costs in vulnerable communities. This funding is critical for several reasons:

  1. Energy Equity: Many low-income households spend a disproportionate amount of their income on energy. Providing funding for residential energy storage helps alleviate this burden by enabling these households to store energy when it’s cheaper and use it during more expensive peak times.

  2. Increased Resilience: Low-income communities are often the hardest hit by power outages and may lack the resources to recover quickly. Energy storage systems can provide essential power during outages caused by extreme weather or other disruptions, thus enhancing community resilience.

  3. Access to Renewable Energy: By subsidizing the cost of energy storage systems, SGIP makes it more feasible for low-income households to integrate with renewable energy solutions like solar panels, further reducing their energy costs over time.

  4. Reduction of Greenhouse Gases: Encouraging the adoption of energy storage systems helps integrate more renewable energy sources, reducing reliance on fossil-fuel-based power generation and contributing to statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals.

  5. Support for Disadvantaged Communities: SGIP specifically targets funding to communities identified as low-income or disadvantaged, ensuring that the benefits of modern energy technology are equitably distributed and support those who might otherwise be unable to afford such technologies.

Overall, the SGIP funds in the Residential Storage Equity category are designed to provide financial assistance to lower-income residents to ensure they have reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy solutions, that support both economic and environmental objectives.


Benefits of Participating

  1. Reduced Energy Bills: Store cheap energy and use it when rates are high.
  2. Increased Energy Security: Keep lights on and appliances running during power outages.
  3. Environmental Impact: Lower carbon footprint by integrating with renewable energy sources like solar power.
  4. Economic Support: The program is particularly aimed at helping those who might otherwise not afford such technology.


Eligibility for the SGIP Residential Equity Program focuses on homeowners and renters within designated low-income or disadvantaged communities. To qualify, applicants must meet specific income criteria and reside in areas affected by high fire risks or have experienced more than one Public Safety Power Shutoff event in the past year.

How to Apply

Applying for the SGIP Residential Equity Program involves several steps:

  1. Verify your eligibility based on your residence and income level.
  2. Consult with an approved energy storage system provider to understand your specific needs.
  3. Submit an application through an approved program contractor who will handle all paperwork and installation.

Learn More

For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, the application process, and how you can benefit from SGIP, please fill out your details and see if you qualify.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, please contact our support team at or call us at (661) 486-4289.

Together, we can make energy resilience accessible to all Californians, fostering safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

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