PROGRAMS &
INCENTIVES

There are many state and federal programs to assist with your clean energy future. These can help implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resilience in your home or business. Through these incentives, you will save utility and operating costs, minimize energy waste, and lower your property’s environmental impact.

Single-Family Residential

Energy Efficiency

SoCalGas – Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Customers may receive rebates on qualifying energy-efficiency upgrades or improvements made to single family homes. Prescriptive rebates are available for qualifying Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washers, and water heaters; these rebates can be redeemed at the point of sale through participating retailers or through mail-in for non-participating retailers. Mail-in rebates are also available for central natural gas furnaces, attic and wall insulation, and tankless water heaters. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

SCE – Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program

For income eligible customers, SCE offers free appliances and installation of energy efficient refrigerators, air conditioners, and more. Additionally, through ESA, homeowners can receive help with home energy efficiency solutions like weatherization. In some instances, co-payments may be required. To qualify, the homeowner must meet income guideline qualifications and someone in the home must participate in an eligible public assistance program, as detailed in the program website.

SCE – Residential Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives, & Offers

SCE has numerous rebates, incentives and helpful tips for homeowners to increase their homes energy efficiency.

Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California program serves as a one-stop shop for California homeowners who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program connects homeowners with qualified contractors, and helps homeowners find all the available incentives from their local utilities and local governments.

Equipment Tax Credits for Primary Residences

The Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits (or Equipment Tax Credits for Primary Residences) can be made for energy efficiency equipment/appliances and home improvement efforts. Tax credit may be up to 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 to $300. These tax credits have been extended through December 31, 2021

Renewable Energy

Federal Residential Solar Tax Credit

Homeowners that install solar systems may qualify for a credit against federal taxes owed. The tax credit is valued at 26% of the net system cost for systems placed in service by December 31, 2020 and 22% of the net system cost for systems placed in service by December 31, 2021 and 10% thereafter.

Net Energy Metering (NEM) Residential

Customers who install small solar, wind, biogas, and fuel cell generation facilities to serve all or a portion of onsite electricity needs are eligible for the state’s net energy metering (NEM) program. NEM allows customers who generate their own energy to serve their energy needs directly and receive a financial credit on their electric bills for any surplus energy fed back to the utility.

Residential PACE ( Property Assessed Clean Energy)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing program that allows residential building owners to finance solar systems or energy and water efficiency retrofits. The local government is offering you a loan, which you pay back through your property tax bills over 15 to 20 years.

Single-Family Solar Homes (SASH) Program

The SASH program provides qualifying low-income single-family homeowners up-front rebates to help cover the costs of installing a solar electric system. Eligible applicant’s household income must be 80% or below the area median income based on the previous year’s tax return and must live in affordable housing as defined by California Public Utilities Code 2852. The program is administered through GRID Alternatives.

Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

This programs offers rebates to residential, commercial, industrial, government, and non-profit customers who install qualifying types of distributed generation to meet all or a portion of their own energy needs. There are several rebate levels based on the equipment and generation amount, learn more in the SGIP Handbook.

 

Help with Utility Bills

Discounted Rate Programs: California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) & Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA)

For qualified households, CARE reduces energy bills by about 30% and FERA reduces electric bills by 18% for households with three or more occupants. To qualify, the homeowner must meet income guideline qualifications and someone in the home must participate in an eligible public assistance program, as detailed in the program website. Both programs conveniently have the same applications. Participants must re-enroll every 2 years and verification may be required for select applicants.

Medical Baseline Allowance

If you or someone in your household requires the regular use of electrically-powered medical equipment or other qualifying medical devices, you qualify for SCE’s Medical Baseline Allowance program. This program provides an additional 16.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day. Provided at the lowest baseline rate, this helps offset the cost of operating the medical equipment. Re-certification is necessary every 1 or 2 years and medical verification may be necessary as well.

Energy Assistance Fund & Gas Assistance Fund

One-time bill assistance is available through SCE’s Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) and SoCalGas’ Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) for up to $100. Both programs are a joint effort with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and administered through community-based organizations throughout Southern California. Qualification requirements, including total household income, are available on the websites linked to above.

Level Pay Plan SCE & SoCalGas

Customers can smooth out payments for electricity and gas over a 12-month period through the Level Pay Program. Instead of paying the actual charges each month, customers pay an average cost. The average cost is predicted from past use and future rates.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program SCE & SoCalGas

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting immediate home heating or cooling needs. This is a federally funded energy assistance program that is distributed through local community-based organizations, assistance agencies, and certain government agencies.

Business, Industrial, Agriculture or Multi-Family Residential

Energy Efficiency

SoCalGas – MultiFamily Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Customers may receive rebates on qualifying energy-efficiency upgrades or improvements made to multi-family homes or attached residential units (maximum of four). Prescriptive rebates are available for qualifying Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washers, and water heaters; these rebates can be redeemed at the point of sale through participating retailers or through mail-in for non-participating retailers. Mail-in rebates are also available for central natural gas furnaces, attic and wall insulation, and tankless water heaters. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

SoCalGas Business Energy Savings Rebates and Incentives

Non-residential customers may receive rebates and other incentives from SoCalGas to encourage energy efficiency. SoCalGas’ Energy Efficiency Rebates For Businesses (EERB) covers the cost of prescriptive improvements, such as the installation of commercial grade clothes washers, boilers, water heaters, steam trap replacement and other energy efficient measures. Additionally, SoCalGas’ Savings By Design Program (SBD) is an energy efficiency program that provides technical and financial resources to help commercial and industrial customers save energy and money when they design, expand, or change new or existing processes and facilities. Incentives equal up to $1 per therm saved annually, up to $150,000.

SoCalGas Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Calculated Incentive Program (EECIP)

The SoCalGas Energy Efficiency Calculated Incentive Program (EECIP) provides standardized monetary incentives and non-monetary awards for business energy efficiency projects involving the installation of new, high-efficiency equipment or systems. Incentives are based on energy saving estimates and are paid based on the quantity of therms saved resulting from the installation of the new equipment or system. Qualifying installations may receive financial incentives up to 50% of the cost of energy saved in one year. Under this program, the customer will need to follow a multi-step process using forms supplied specifically for this program.

SCE – Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

SCE offers incentives for non-residential customers, regardless of size and energy usage. Rebates are available for lighting, food service equipment, refrigeration, building envelope, HVAC, motors, pumping, and processing equipment. Applicants should complete the necessary forms that can be found on the program website.

Renewable Energy

Commercial PACE ( Property Assessed Clean Energy)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing program that allows commercial building owners to finance solar systems or energy and water efficiency retrofits. The local government is offering you a loan, which you pay back through your property tax bills over 15 to 20 years.

Federal Commercial Solar Tax Credit

Businesses that install solar systems may qualify for a credit against federal taxes owed. The tax credit is valued at 26% of the net system cost for systems placed in service by December 31, 2020 and 22% of the net system cost for systems placed in service by December 31, 2021.

California Solar Initiative – thermal program

Cash incentives are available to businesses, nonprofits and multifamily residential property owners that install eligible solar water heating systems. Incentive amounts vary based on the expected energy savings. Owners of qualifying multifamily affordable housing properties that install solar water heating systems to offset energy used in common areas and in tenant residences may qualify for higher incentives. The incentive program is managed by SoCal Gas for installations in Santa Barbara.

Net Energy Metering (NEM) Commercial

Customers who install small solar, wind, biogas, and fuel cell generation facilities to serve all or a portion of onsite electricity needs are eligible for the state’s net energy metering (NEM) program. NEM allows customers who generate their own energy to serve their energy needs directly and receive a financial credit on their electric bills for any surplus energy fed back to the utility.

Federal Energy Investment Tax Credit

Businesses that install solar technologies, fuel cells, small wind, geothermal, microturbines and/or combined heat and power may qualify for a credit against federal taxes owed. For solar systems, the tax credit is valued at 26% of the net system cost for systems placed in service by December 31, 2020.

Federal Tax Deduction – Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System

Businesses that install solar electric systems and other renewable energy technologies may qualify for a deduction from their taxable income on their federal tax returns. The tax deduction is achieved by depreciating the net system cost using the 5-year depreciation schedule.

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) incentive

MASH cash incentives are available to owners of qualifying multifamily affordable housing properties that install solar electric systems to offset energy used in common areas and in tenant residences. Though current funding has been fully subscribed, the incentive program has a program waitlist for when more resource become available. The incentive program is managed by SCE for properties in Santa Barbara.

Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

This programs offers rebates to residential, commercial, industrial, government, and non-profit customers who install qualifying types of distributed generation to meet all or a portion of their own energy needs. There are several rebate levels based on the equipment and generation amount, learn more in the SGIP Handbook.

Communities that are disproportionately burdened by and vulnerable to multiple sources of pollution, as evaluated by CalEnviroScreen.

 

Renewable Energy

Disadvantaged Communities – Single-Family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) Program

DAC-SASH provides up-front financial incentives for solar installation on homes owned by low-income residents in disadvantaged communities. Eligible homeowners must live in one of the top 25% of disadvantaged communities using the CalEnviroScreen. Applicants must also meet income qualification as outlined by annual CARE and FERA guidelines.  The program runs through 2030 through GRID Alternatives.

Disadvantaged Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) Program

This program is a variation on the DAC-GTSR but requires that the solar project is located in proximity to the customers. It enables income-qualified, residential customers in DAC within 5 miles of the generation site, access to renewable electricity and a 20% bill discount on up to 25% of a CSGT’s project’s energy output. According to the California Public Utilities Commission, this project should be launched by SCE in the coming months.