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California SGIP Rebate Eligibility for DIY
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I've been doing a bit of research into the efficacy of DIY home energy storage solutions, and between the incredible potato quality SGIP homepage and the small DIY community and its resources, I haven't been able to determine if our systems would be eligible to get a few dollars back.

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SGIP is California's Self Generation Incentive Program, and depending on your utility provider, can give you an incentive of $250-500 per kWh of storage.
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I think what you need to do is find the agency that administers the program, and visit their website, or call and ask them. I suspect what you will find is that they won't do it.

They need to be able to verify the installed capacity, which is difficult to do for a DIY system, short of a physical inspection, especially one using recycled cells. Where as a stock system, installed by a licensed contractor doesn't need inspections, and is verified by a paper trail. There may be a middle ground where they will let you install a stock system yourself, but again you need to check the agencies website, and maybe some of the solar websites where I am sure they talk about this stuff.
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(07-09-2019, 02:22 AM)Shawndoe Wrote: I think what you need to do is find the agency that administers the program, and visit their website, or call and ask them.  I suspect what you will find is that they won't do it.  

They need to be able to verify the installed capacity, which is difficult to do for a DIY system, short of a physical inspection, especially one using recycled cells.  Where as a stock system, installed by a licensed contractor doesn't need inspections, and is verified by a paper trail.  There may be a middle ground where they will let you install a stock system yourself, but again you need to check the agencies website, and maybe some of the solar websites where I am sure they talk about this stuff.

I wouldn't be surprised to see them go as far as specifying what brand of batteries you need to use. At the very least the system would most likely have to be installed by someone with some kind of accreditation (by way of a certificate or licence to install).

At least in Australia that is the way these things tend to work.
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#4
So I am visiting N California for month of july.

The rental property is 3000 sq ft

Two years back a roof mounted solar system from Cosco was installed

2 years latter owner expects to break even in 5 more years

This is a 7 year payoff taking into account tax credits

I am two years into harvesting cells back in Michigan

If I had a 7 year payoff, I would give up the harvesting
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