In 2016, Fremont teamed up with over forty Bay Area local governments and major employers to offer a solar group-purchasing (bulk buy) program for homeowners. Administered by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), the Bay Area SunShares Program pools the buying power of individual participants to get more competitive pricing from solar companies, making going solar easier and more affordable than ever for residents.
A total of 1,817 Bay Area residents registered to participate in the program, learning more about rooftop solar systems and zero emissions vehicles. 144 households signed solar contracts and 29 purchased Electric or Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles, including 18 Fremont households. For a full list product offerings and pricing in 2016, click here.
Efforts are now underway to plan a 2017 SunShares Program - stay tuned for further details!
2016 Program Timeline
Late July: Vendors Selected
August 1: Registration Opens
November 4: Registration Closes
Mid-November: Contracts Signed
Spring 2017: Installations Completed
2016 Program Vendors
Solar Photovoltaic Systems:
PetersenDean, Sunrun, and SkyTech Solar
Plug-in Electric Vehicle: Nissan Leaf
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle: Toyota Mirai
Antioch, Berkeley, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, Emeryville, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette, Menlo Park, Oakland, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo County, City and County of San Francisco, StopWaste (Alameda County), Union City, Walnut Creek
Employers & Member Organizations
Arup, Autodesk, Blue Shield of California, Genentech, Google, Oracle, NVIDIA, Salesforce, University of California San Francisco, United Airlines, US Green Building Council, VMware, Webcor Builders, Workday
Residents, employees, and members of the participating communities and organizations can take advantage of the SunShares discounts, as well as friends and family!
Note: While SunShares is offered to residents and employees living or working within the City of Fremont, the City does not endorse the selected solar contractor(s) or electric vehicle manufacturer(s). Any resident who enters into the SunShares program does so in his/her personal capacity and his/her own risk and expressly holds the SunShares partners including the City of Fremont harmless from any liability associated with his/her decision to participate in this program for services for his/her personal project.
View results from the 2015 East Bay SunShares Program (representing 5 communities) here.