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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)

SunShares is Back!

Affordable solar made easy. Learn more at upcoming community workshops.

SunShares helps Bay Area residents go solar or purchase electric vehicles. SunShares offers a time-limited 15% discount on solar installation with pre-vetted solar providers, discounts on select zero-emission vehicles, and information for renters about clean energy options. 

Register for an East Bay homeowner workshop to learn more: SunShares Simple Affordable 2017 Logo

It's a great time to go solar as residents can still take advantage of the full 30% federal tax credit through 2019, in addition to SunShares discounts. To sign-up or for more information, visit by November 15, 2018.

Opt-up for 100% Clean Electricity

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), our community-governed power supplier, began service to businesses and institutions in June 2018, and will begin service to residents this November.  But, you don't have to wait to choose clean electricity to power your home. Opt-up now by choosing either:EBCE Logo

  • Brilliant 100, which offers 100% carbon-free electricity at the same rates as PG&E 
  • Renewable 100, which offers 100% renewable electricity for about $4/month more (for the average household)
Visit, or call 1-833-699-3223 for more information. Learn about the City of Berkeley's role in supporting EBCE here.

Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Wins 2018 Sustainability Award 

BCAC_UCB-Chancellor's Sustainability Award 2018 - croppedOn April 25 the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition was awarded the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) 2018 Sustainability Award for its committed work since 2012 to bring an inclusive and growing network of local organizations and community members together to help implement initiatives in support of the City's climate action plan. The Coalition was recognized for mobilizing the larger East Bay community to find local solutions to such challenges as waste management, water and renewable energy. The Coalition is co-convened by the Ecology Center and the City of Berkeley. 

City Goes 100% Carbon-FreeEBCE Brilliant 100   

On April 24, 2018 Berkeley City Council voted to opt-up its municipal electricity accounts to Brilliant 100, a 100% carbon-free product offered by our new community choice energy provider,  East Bay Community Energy  (EBCE). Berkeley joins the County of Alameda and five other cities (Albany, Dublin, Emeryville, Hayward, and Piedmont) in selecting the cleanest electricity service currently available. With Brilliant 100, the City will reduce its municipal greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.  

EBCE began serving commercial and municipal accounts in June 2018, and will automatically enroll residential customers in November. If you live in Alameda County you, too, will soon have a choice in your electricity service. To learn more about your options, visit  EBCE          .  

City Places in Top 10 in Nationwide Energy Competition

Georgetown University Energy Prize LogoCongratulations Berkeley! The City is a top 10 finalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, which brought together 50 communities in a two-year competition to rethink the way America’s small- to medium-sized towns, cities, and counties use energy.  

During the competition Berkeley residents, together with the City and School District, reduced energy use and 10,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, about the equivalent of taking 2141 cars off the road for a year.  Berkeley was recognized for its innovative projects and programs including BESO, the West Berkeley ZNE Library, and a LED streetlight conversion that reduces energy and saves the City nearly $400,000 every year. 

Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD) Earns Recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

 Summer 2017 - OESD received a Certificate of Excellence from the U.S. DOE for its efforts to launch and implement the Berkeley Energy Savings Ordinance, which requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building’s energy efficiency information. BESO helps building owners identify energy and money-saving opportunities as well as informs prospective building buyers of the relative energy efficiency of the building. 

Be the Action: Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition 

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition works to accelerate implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. Your leadership and expertise can help turn this plan into action.  

Get involved! Learn more about the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.  


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