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City-endorsed program pools buying power to increase access

Berkeley, California (Monday, September 24, 2018) - Learn how you can receive discounts on rooftop solar and zero emission vehicles by pooling your buying power with others. 

The program, known as Bay Area SunShares, allows individuals to get more competitive pricing from solar companies and vehicle manufacturers.

Sign up by November 15 to get no-cost solar bids from the three participating solar companies and/or discount codes for zero-emission vehicles

At an October workshop, you can learn more by speaking directly to program solar providers or asking questions about the basics of solar or zero-emission vehicles.

Berkeley Homeowner SunShares Workshop
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6pm - 7:30 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street 
RSVP to attend.
Hosted by: City of Berkeley and the Ecology Center

SunShares offers solar pricing at about 15% below the average market rate, and offers discounts for purchasing or leasing a zero emission vehicle. Homeowners who install solar on their rooftops may also be able to take advantage of the full 30% federal tax credit that is available through 2019.  To participate in SunShares, register by November 15th

Once registered, homeowners will receive a no-cost, no-obligation site evaluation to determine if their home is suitable for solar. Homeowners can choose to work with any of the three solar installers (PetersenDean, Skytech Solar, and SunPower by Solar Technologies) selected by the program's community evaluation committee. Bay Area SunShares provides neutral information and technical assistance to all participants.

Drivers who register will receive a discount code via email that can be used for the 2018 all-electric Nissan LEAF and/or the 2018 hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai.  Renters interested in clean electricity will receive information about programs that allow Bay Area residents to purchase renewable energy from offsite wind and solar farms through their electric utility or local community choice energy provider.

Steps to Getting Discounts:   

  1. Sign-Up at www.bayareasunshares.org by  November 15, 2018 to get no-cost solar bids from the three participating solar companies and/or discount codes for zero-emission vehicles.
  2. Register to attend a workshop or webinar.  Berkeley will host a workshop on October 2, 2018 to learn about the basics of solar, zero-emission vehicles and ask any questions.  
  3. Get a solar evaluation from up to three pre-vetted solar installers. Register by November 15th to receive a no-cost solar proposal. Once you receive a proposal, there is no obligation to move forward with your project.
  4. Sign your solar contract by December 31, 2018 to move forward with solar installation and take advantage of the discounted program pricing. Solar installations will happen in Spring 2019.

The City of Berkeley is joined by 50 other Bay Area municipalities and employers to partner with the San Francisco based non-profit Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) to offer the SunShares program to Bay Area residents.  A key goal of the City's Climate Action Plan is to make solar affordable and accessible in order to increase local, renewable energy.  

Bay Area SunShares is available to anyone who lives in the nine Bay Area counties and wants to install solar and/or purchase or lease an emission-free vehicle.  For more information see: www.bayareasunshares.org



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