PG&E Incentives for Clean Energy

PG&E offers incentives to make installing renewable energy more affordable for your home.

Taking advantage of the many benefits of installing a clean energy system is a smart choice. PG&E helps make this possible through its incentive programs. Each program has its own eligibility rules and depends upon the renewable energy technology you plan to install.

Your contractor will help you to understand the incentives and the approximate savings you can expect.

Start by reviewing the available options in the table below:

Compare Incentive Programs for PG&E Customers

Renewable technology Incentive program
SOLAR PANELS Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH)
Incentives for installation of solar energy systems on low-income, multifamily dwellings, such as apartment buildings; documentation of low income required to qualify.

California Solar Initiative (CSI)
Incentives for installation of a solar energy system on a residential home.
Important Note: As of Thursday, May 2, 2013, the CSI residential program has met its goals and is no longer accepting new applications.

New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP)
Incentives for installation of a solar energy system on new, energy-efficient homes.
Important Note: Beginning September 1, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) will become the sole program administrator for the NSHP program.
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SOLAR WATER HEATING California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal
Incentives for installation of a solar water heating system for a single-family home using natural gas to heat water.
Important Note: This incentive does not apply to residential pool heating.
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Incentives for certain non-solar, alternative energy technologies for your home or business, such as wind, fuel cells, battery storage (coupled with a solar energy system), combined heat and power systems and more.
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Ask Your Contractor About Incentives

  • Contractors typically will discount the incentive amount from your up-front costs to offer you immediate savings.
  • Contractors generally submit all the necessary paperwork and handle the application process for the incentive programs. Property owners who install alternative energy systems without a contractor will need to submit and monitor the application themselves.

State Incentive Programs

In addition to PG&E incentive programs, there may be other financial offerings available to make renewable energy more affordable. For more information, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).


Use the Solar Calculator

  • Get a quick estimate of the cost and size of the system you will need to power your home.

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