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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information