Neighborhood SolarShares for developers

Neighborhood SolarShares allows developers and builders of new low-rise homes to purchase utility-scale solar from SMUD to meet the solar mandate from the 2019 California Building Standards Code (effective January 1st, 2020). The program offers the following benefits:

  • Home builders achieve the solar mandate at no cost
  • Utility bill holders will save $10 per kW of SolarShares per year ($20-40 on average)
  • No solar output degradation over the contract term
  • SMUD maintains and operates the solar system on behalf of the customer
  • Supports the local economy since all utility-scale solar installations are or will be located in SMUD territory

How to apply

All home builders of low-rise residential property located in SMUD territory are eligible to apply for Neighborhood SolarShares. The application process has three main steps:

  1. Plan: Decide if Neighborhood SolarShares is right for your development. For larger, master-planned communities, SMUD can prepare a letter of intent confirming your eligibility for SolarShares if requested by local agencies. 
  2. Apply: Concurrent with your building permit application, complete the Neighborhood SolarShares application and select Neighborhood SolarShares as your building code compliance option in the State of California’s software.
  3. Confirm: SMUD will review complete applications and respond with an Attestation of Premise Enrollment, which can serve as proof of the building’s enrollment in Neighborhood SolarShares.
  4. Refer to the Neighborhood SolarShares Program Manual and fillable PDF Application Package for more details. 

For more information

Large subdivisions or major multifamily projects may contact development@smud.org for more information