PG&E Battery Storage Pilot


About the Pilot

Receive an incentive and help keep the grid clean and reliable. PG&E is working with LG and SolarEdge to test how to manage battery storage systems for maximum efficiency, by discharging stored energy during times of peak demand and charging your battery during times of low demand. If you enroll, you agree to allow PG&E to charge or discharge a certain percent of your battery throughout the pilot.

Frequently Asked Questions

PG&E wants to learn more about using batteries to help keep the grid clean and reliable. PG&E will provide an incentive based on the amount of battery storage you enroll.

The pilot is open to customers who are on a PG&E electric rate plan, have a PG&E smart meter, have approval for interconnection and exports to the electric grid, and are not on a Medical Baseline or Life Support rate plan. Participants also cannot be enrolled in any other demand response program while they are participating in the pilot.

You will receive a sign-up incentive once your enrollment is complete and your connection is verified by PG&E. You will receive an additional incentive once the pilot ends on December 31, 2022. Your battery needs to remain connected and accessible for the full duration of the pilot to receive the end of pilot incentive.

Only the enrolled storage amount will be operated by the pilot. The battery will generally charge when solar energy is abundant in the morning and the afternoon. The battery will generally discharge during times when there is little solar energy or energy prices are high. It may also be charged ahead of times when the grid is predicted to be under strain, so that it can be discharged when the grid is most in need of energy to help avoid outages. Since the goal of the pilot is to test how batteries can be run optimally to help the grid, the battery may be operated differently than how you typically run it.

Only the enrolled storage amount will be operated by the pilot. The remainder will be left available for you to operate as you choose.

You will be guaranteed access to the portion of your battery storage that is not enrolled in the program. The actual amount of energy you will have reserved and will have access to will be dependent on the state of charge of the battery.

The study will run from October 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

The battery will be generally operated to charge at times when energy costs are low and discharge at times when costs are high, but the battery storage may be operated differently than you typically operate it. Because of this your bill may be different (higher or lower) than it would have otherwise been.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at

If you would like to unenroll from the pilot, please send an email to You will receive an email confirming that you have been unenrolled.