Will California’s New, Bigger SGIP Subsidy Accelerate Energy Storage, Just as the CSI Drove Solar?

By [email protected] There’s a new and bigger renewables subsidy now in effect in California, unanimously approved last week by the Public Utilities Commission, that has the potential to light up the energy storage market.

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) has been boosting distributed energy in California for years. It was the chief subsidy for solar prior to the enormously effective California Solar Incentive (CSI). But the generous (approximately $80 million per year) SGIP has not always been perfectly aligned with its goal of deploying low-carbon distributed energy sources that support grid needs in an equitable fashion.

The monies for the subsidy come from ratepayers

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