Community Solar® Program

What is Community Solar?

SMUD’s Community Solar program is a partnership between SMUD, you and our community. Working together, we’re able to look for opportunities to use solar power to educate our community about the importance of renewable energy to our lives and our environment.

How does it work?

Through support of generous SMUD customers, we’ve developed partnerships with local schools, nonprofit organizations and low-income housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Together, we educate the community on the importance of renewable energy.  


The Community Solar program works with local school districts to develop teaching guides and curriculum to promote realistic hands-on energy education, including the nation’s first interactive Solar Sunflower at the School of Engineering and Sciences in Sacramento. The SunFlower serves as an interactive learning laboratory and helps promote a new way of learning math and science. Students learn how to harness the sun’s energy and help educate families and future generations on the value of alternative energy resources.

Nonprofit organizations

Powering your organization with solar power lowers your electric bill, leaving you with more money to deliver needed services. We continue to reach out to qualified organizations to assist with installing rooftop systems.

Low-income housing

Homes built through organizations like Habitat for Humanity now feature rooftop solar systems, courtesy of Community Solar support from customers like you. Homeowners and volunteers are given the knowledge and job training to install solar panels and the homeowners' electricity bills are kept low.

Being a part of community solar also helps to support our Solar Regatta events and Solar SunFlower learning labs to creatively educate students about renewable energy. Learn more about those learning labs below:

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Interested in community solar power to comply with California’s new code requirement for new homes? Visit Neighborhood SolarShares.  

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