Save More, Earn More with SDG&E Incentives

Benefit from cash incentives for retrofitting existing equipment or installing new high-efficiency equipment to save energy. Your incentive amount is driven by the amount of energy the project saves. The more you save, the more you earn—up to 50 percent of your project cost, or 100 percent of the allowable incentive amount.

Complete the Pre-Application Process

All Business Incentives projects need to submit a signed Pre-Application. Signatures are required by the customer as well as the project sponsor/Trade Professional.

The Pre-Application allows SDG&E Engineering Services to provide proactive application and project assistance for your custom incentive projects. 

For details, please view the Pre-Application Process FAQ and the 2018 Business Incentives Pre-Application

           

Incentive Rate Structure: (effective June 1, 2018)  
Electric $0.12 / kWh
Gas $1.25 / therm
Peak Reduction $150/kW*

 

How to Apply

Step 1

Review the Release of Information Policy* and Energy Efficiency Business Incentives fact sheet.

Step 2

Read the Energy Efficiency Manual and review Incentive Rates. 

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Section 1: Offering Overview and Policies
Section 1: Offering Overview and Policies
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Section 2: Estimating Energy Savings and Incentives
Section 2: Estimating Energy Savings and Incentives
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Targeted & Basic Measures List
Targeted & Basic Measures List
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Review the Program Application Checklist
Review the Program Application Checklist

Step 3

Once measure eligibility is confirmed, and the customer has expressed interest in moving forward with the measure in the near future, fill out the 2018 Business Incentives Pre-Application (see Tab 2) and submit to the customer's assigned Account Executive, with a copy also sent to [email protected].

Step 4

After reviewing the submittal requirements in the application checklist, submit your completed and signed application (with all supporting documentation) by emailing [email protected].

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Energy Efficiency Business Incentive Application
Energy Efficiency Business Incentive Application

Submit a completed W-9 form (pdf) for our records. If an application includes lighting measures, the Calculated Lighting Equipment Survey Table is required.

Step 5

SDG&E will review complete applications, submit projects to California Public Utilities Commission staff for review, and conduct pre-inspections.

  • Purchase or installation of equipment cannot occur prior to the receipt of a Notice to Proceed. See Step 8 below.

Step 6

If measurement and verification is required the Customer or Project Sponsor will be asked to complete the Measurement & Verification form.

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Measurement & Verification form
Measurement & Verification form

Step 7

SDG&E will issue a Program Project Agreement to the Customer or Project Sponsor.

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Program Project Agreement
Program Project Agreement

Step 8

SDG&E will execute the Program Project Agreement upon receipt of a signed copy and will issue a Notice to Proceed to the Customer or Project Sponsor.

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Notice to Proceed
Notice to Proceed

Step 9

The Customer or Project Sponsor should notify SDG&E of installation by submitting an Installation Report and invoices consistent with the Invoice Template (xls) and Invoice Guidelines (pdf).
 

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Installation Report
Installation Report
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Invoice Template
Invoice Template
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Invoice Guidelines
Invoice Guidelines

Step 10

SDG&E will review invoices and the Installation Report, submit the project for review to California Public Utilities Commission staff, and conduct a post-inspection. 

Step 11

SDG&E will the review documentation, and make savings and incentive adjustments if needed while awaiting clearance from California Public Utilities Commission staff to pay the project.

Step 12

SDG&E will issue payment to Payee designated by Customer after receiving clearance from the California Public Utilities Commission staff.

  • This process is different for Measurement and Verification Projects. Measurement and Verification Projects are typically issued the final incentive after completing an agreed upon post-monitoring period. At the conclusion of the post-monitoring period Customers or Project Sponsors must submit an Operating Report (xls) to initiate the final payment. 

​*Release of Information Policy

If the CPUC requests review of your project, SDG&E will provide the CPUC with all of the information requested without further notification to you. If you refuse to allow the CPUC, its staff or its contractors and/or consultants to have access to your data, you will not be allowed to participate, and you will be ineligible to receive any program incentives. Please note that if you designated a project sponsor, a similar notification has been forwarded to them as well. In the event your project is selected for review, SDG&E will mark your data as confidential before submitting your files to the CPUC in accordance with California Public Utilities Code Section 583 and CPUC General Order 66-C.

Additional Resources

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Non-Residential Customer Programs Trade Professionals Participation Agreement
Non-Residential Customer Programs Trade Professionals Participation Agreement
Customized Calculation Tool Software
Customized Calculation Tool Software
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Appendix B: Table of Standard Fixture Wattages and Sample Lighting Table
Appendix B: Table of Standard Fixture Wattages and Sample Lighting Table
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Appendix C: Minimum Equipment Efficiency Standards
Appendix C: Minimum Equipment Efficiency Standards
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Appendix D: Building Descriptions and Climate Zones
Appendix D: Building Descriptions and Climate Zones
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Appendix E: Table of Approved LED Lighting & Utility Approval Process
Appendix E: Table of Approved LED Lighting & Utility Approval Process
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Appendix F: Table of Pre-Qualified Integral LED Lamps and Qualifications Process
Appendix F: Table of Pre-Qualified Integral LED Lamps and Qualifications Process
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Tools & Tips for Estimating Energy Efficiency - Reference Guide
Tools & Tips for Estimating Energy Efficiency - Reference Guide