• About Bay Area SunShares

    When we work together, the sky’s the limit!

     

  • What We Do

    SunShares pools the buying power of all 9 Bay Area counties to negotiate significant discounts on solar + storage.

    We make it simpler and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar + storage, with the goal of accelerating clean energy adoption and building regional resilience to climate change.

     

    For a limited time each year (Sept. 1 - Nov. 30), we offer significant discounts on solar + storage from pre-vetted installers that serve the entire Bay Area.

     

    In addition to significant discounts, we provide educational resources and events to make it easier to understand your clean energy options, and decide what's best for you.

  • How it Works

    When you sign up for SunShares, you can choose to hear from one, two, or all three of our selected installers.

     

    Within 5-7 days of signing up, you will be contacted by our selected installer(s) to start your proposal. SunShares' installers will conduct either a virtual roof evaluation or a no-contact site visit to evaluate your home's suitability for solar. Based on your roof type, sun exposure, electricity usage, and other factors, our installers will design a solar system for your home and submit a proposal to you. You can receive up to three zero commitment solar proposals - for free!

     

    After you receive your proposals, you have until December 31 to compare your options and decide if you want to sign a contract with an installer. You must sign a contract by December 31 to receive the SunShares discount.

     

    The installation process, from signing the contract to installing your system, typically takes 4-6 months depending on permitting and home upgrades. You can expect your installation to take place in the spring of 2022.

  • Who We Are

    The SunShares Program is administered by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) on behalf of a coalition of Bay Area cities, municipal agencies and major employers.

    We bring powerful but traditionally isolated organizations together to secure a vibrant future for our region and our planet.

    The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a San Francisco-based multi-sector partnership dedicated to incubating, scaling, and sharing world-leading solutions to address climate change.

     

    BC3 is a fiscally sponsored project of the 501 (c)3 nonprofit Community Initiatives.

  • SunShares FAQs

    Why should I go solar with SunShares, instead of contacting an installer directly?

    The #1 reason to go solar through SunShares is that we provide significant discounts on the usual cost of solar and battery storage installations - 15% off on solar, and 10% off on battery storage. We are able to negotiate these discounts for our participants because we represent 40+ major employers and municipalities across the Bay Area. Our pooled purchasing power and outreach capacity offsets our selected installers' marketing and customer acquisition costs, meaning they can offer us excellent prices on high quality equipment and services.

    Who's eligible for the SunShares Discount?

    Anyone living in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) is eligible to participate in SunShares.

    Do I have to own my home to participate in SunShares?

    No! If you rent your home, or you own a home that is not suitable for solar, you can participate in SunShares by Opting Up to 100% Renewable Energy from your electricity provider. Learn more here about Opting Up!

    How do I take advantage of the discount?

    Sign Up by filling out the registration form before November 30. It's that simple!

     

    If you are a homeowner interested in installing solar and/or battery storage, we will send your information to the solar provider(s) you selected and they will contact you to start your no-cost, no-obligation proposal. If you are a renter interested in powering your home with 100% clean energy, we will send you information about how you can opt up through your local CCA or PG&E’s Solar Choice.

    What happens when I sign up for SunShares?

    When you sign up for SunShares, you can sign up to hear from one, two, or all three of our selected installers. You have until November 30 to sign up.


    Within 5-7 days of signing up, you will be contacted by our selected installer(s) to start your proposal. SunShares' installers will conduct either a virtual roof evaluation or a no-contact site visit to evaluate your home's suitability for solar. Based on your roof type, sun exposure, electricity usage, and other factors, our installers will design a solar system for your home and submit a proposal to you. You can receive up to three zero commitment solar proposals - for free!


    After you receive your proposals, you have until December 31 to compare your options and decide if you want to sign a contract with an installer. You must sign a contract by December 31 to receive the SunShares discount.


    The installation process, from signing the contract to installing your system, typically takes 4-6 months depending on permitting and home upgrades. You can expect your installation to take place in the spring of 2022.

    How are the SunShares Selected Installers chosen?

    Our installers are selected by an independent community evaluation committee, made up of experts nominated by our outreach partners. Following a competitive proposal submission and evaluation process, the committee selected Infinity Energy, SkyTech Solar and Solar Technologies for the 2021 SunShares program. More details are available on our Discounts page.

     

    Please note: While the Bay Area SunShares Program is being offered to members of participating organizations, neither the Program Administrator (Business Council on Climate Change) nor outreach partner organizations endorse any Firms and will not endorse the selected Firm(s). Any participant who enters into the Program does so in his/her/their personal capacity and at his/her/their own risk, and will expressly hold each of the participating organizations harmless from any liability associated with his/her decision to participate in this Program for services for his/her personal, non-work related projects.

    I am interested, but I still have questions before I sign up. How can I learn more?

    You can attend a SunShares Webinar! In addition to a presentation that breaks down how SunShares works and takes you through your solar + storage options, you'll also get to participate in a Live Q&A with our Selected Installers to get your questions answered directly. Learn more and register to attend here!

    I found a better price elsewhere. Why isn't SunShares my cheapest option?

    SunShares does not aim to provide the cheapest price for solar installations in the Bay Area. Instead, we're offering you the best price available on high quality equipment and services from trusted solar providers.

    More questions? Contact us: sunshares@bc3sfbay.org