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EBCE's Community Solar Discount program

EBCE is developing a community solar discount program for income-qualifying customers

Solar panels in a field

EBCE will soon offer a community solar discount program designed to improve access to renewable energy in disadvantaged communities. With community solar, the projects are off-site, but participants get the financial benefits of low-cost solar on their PG&E bill. The solar project(s) will be located in the East Bay and serve over 2,000 qualifying residential accounts.

Please check this page for updates or fill out an interest forms below to be contacted when the program is available; enrollment in this program has not yet started.

Residents

Community-based Organizations

Residents

Participants in EBCE’s community solar discount program will receive a 20% discount on monthly electric bills, on top of CARE or FERA discounts.

Eligibility

Participants must be EBCE customers and:

  • Be eligible for either CARE or FERA – Eligibility is based on CPUC income guidelines here.

  • Live in a disadvantaged community, indicated by orange shading in the map below or according to the state’s CalEnviroScreen tool.

  • Note: a limited number of participation spots will be available for customers who live in a disadvantaged community but who do not qualify for CARE or FERA.

Enrollment

Enrollment for this program has not yet started. Please check this page for updates. In the meantime, you can complete this interest form to be contacted with updates about this program.

Complete Interest Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Community-Based Organizations

Sponsor a project! EBCE needs Community-Based Organizations to serve as project sponsors!

Eligibility

  • All non-profits, local governments, or schools

Benefits to sponsor include

  • 20% bill discount if you are located in a DAC that is within 5 miles of the project and are an EBCE customer

  • May subscribe to up to 25% of solar project output

  • Potential to receive Marketing, Education & Outreach funds to educate and recruit subscribers

Sponsor’s role

  • Help project developers and the community come together.

  • Identify community-suggested project sites

  • Work with EBCE to conduct outreach and create interest in subscribing to the project

  • Provide a Letter of Commitment

Interested in sponsoring? Let us know! Fill out the interest form linked below.

Complete Interest Form

Interested in learning more? Please check out our slides & recording from our last session on Tuesday, September 14, 2021:

EBCE Community Solar Information Session #2 Slides. (PDF)

EBCE Community Solar Information Session #2 Recording.

Missed the first Information Session?
- You can view Information Session #1 online here.

- Receive updates about this project by completing the Sponsor Interest Form an

- Join our mailing list for the upcoming Community Solar Request for Offers here (check the box for “Solicitations and requests for proposals”).