A new energy storage incentive program mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission is set to open early in 2021. Funds are limited and will be available to fund energy storage solutions for public and private buildings which are equipped with chillers to handle cooling load. Local governments with buildings fitting this profile (administrative centers, courthouses, jails, etc.) should look into the Self Generation Incentive Program Large Thermal Energy Storage (SGIP L-TES) program and plan on participating in an informational webinar hosted by RCRC on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 9 a.m.

It is anticipated that the SGIP L-TES program will open for application submittal at the end of January or early February.  Eligible applicants include customers of California’s Investor Owned Utility (IOU) companies - Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, and San Diego Gas & Electric. The program will cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with the acquisition and installation of specialized energy storage equipment to work with chilled water systems. IOU customers who take advantage of this program to install new energy storage systems will be able to significantly lower their cooling bills, increase resilience, and better position their facility budgets against future rate changes.

To help local governments understand the program benefits and application requirements, RCRC will be hosting an informational webinar on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 9 a.m. 

During this webinar, participants will:

  • learn about eligibility and documentation requirements, 
  • gain an understanding of how this technology can help reduce energy costs and improve resilience, and 
  • hear about different paths available to access the program.

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Meeting URL: https://rcrcnet.zoom.us/j/99282173894?from=addon

Meeting ID: 992 8217 3894