GSFA Advanced Rebate Payment (ARP) Program

Provides Bridge Financing for Energy Storage Technology

Purpose of GSFA Bridge Financing for Developers

The Self-Generation Incentive Program – Equity Resiliency Budget (SGIP-ERB) under the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provides incentives to cover the cost of equipment and installation of energy storage technologies to customers in California who live in Tier II or Tier III High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) or have had two or more Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and require electricity for medical, health and safety.

Though these incentives are generous, it can be financially challenging for Homeowners to pay for services and equipment between the time of installation and program reimbursement.

THE GSFA ARP Program can help eliminate this issue by providing up-front funding to the Developer on behalf of the homeowner, which in turn will allow for broader consumer and developer participation in the SGIP-ERB Program.


How Does the Funding Distribution to the Developer Work?

GSFA will distribute funds to the Developer in two installments. The first before project implementation to help the Developer with the procurement of equipment and other related items, and the second after the project is complete and is approved by the SGIP Program Administrator.


Energy Storage Systems for Qualifying Homeowners

In January of 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), established new budgets and modified incentives to continue funding its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen community wildfire resiliency throughout the state.

The incentives focus on installation of energy storage technologies to service communities most impacted by Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events and/or located in Tier II or Tier III high fire threat districts. Battery storage can be an important component of an emergency preparedness plan in the event of a power outage.

The SGIP Equity Resiliency Budget (SGIP-ERB) provides rebates covering most, if not all, of the cost of an appropriately sized energy storage system.


The SGIP Program targets:

  • Tier II and Tier III High Fire Districts;
  • Customers experiencing multiple PSPS;
  • Disadvantaged and low-income customers;
  • Medically vulnerable households; and
  • Customers who rely on electric wells.






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