• About Bay Area SunShares


    Why are we doing this?

    Our goal is to use the power of community to spread clean energy and fight climate change. Studies show that we have the technology to build a world powered by 100% clean energy (check out this infographic on California from The Solutions Project). However, the study also shows that many people still think solar or electric vehicles are too costly or too complex to incorporate into their daily lives.


    Among other incentives, SunShares aims to make it simpler and more affordable to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle by:

    • Pooling the buying power of homeowners/vehicle buyers
    • Providing vetted contractors 
    • Offering free, third party technical advice that helps inform customer decision-making

    Who's eligible to participate?

    Anyone living in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco,San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) or Yolo or Sacramento counties is eligible to participate in SunShares. Some vendors may only be able to service certain areas or may charge extra for services in certain areas. Please visit our discounts page for more.

    Is this the first SunShares program?

    No. Bay Area SunShares is one version of a group buying model for clean energy that has been replicated in communities across the country. Many organizations participating in this year's round of Bay Area SunShares were involved with previous SunShares efforts organized by the non-profit, Vote Solar.

    Who's behind the program?

    The 2018 Bay Area SunShares program is being administered by the San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change (a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 organization, Community Initiatives), on behalf of a group of cities, counties, major employers, and membership organizations, including the outreach partners below.