Neighborhood SolarShares for developers and builders

Neighborhood SolarShares allows developers and builders of new single family and multifamily 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 ($10-40 on average)
  • No homeowner solar maintenance, or output degradation
  • SMUD maintains and operates the solar system on behalf of the customer
  • Supports the local economy since all utility-scale solar installations are located in SMUD territory

Download the Neighborhood SolarShares Fact Sheet for more information

How to apply

All home builders of 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 energy modeling software.
  3. Confirm: SMUD will review complete applications and respond with evidence of the home's successful registration in the Neighborhood SolarShares program.

Refer to the Neighborhood SolarShares Program Manual for more details and instructions on how to apply. 

For more information

Contact SolarShares@smud.org for information about the Neighborhood SolarShares program and to begin the application process.  Contact development@smud.org for questions about developing projects within the SMUD service territory.