Solar Power

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Solar power

SMUD has been a leader in solar power for more than 25 years. SMUD built the nation’s first utility-scale solar array at Rancho Seco in 1984, which generated enough electricity to power 2,200 single-family homes or 3.2 megawatts.

Over the years, SMUD has continued to be a solar pioneer. We’re helping local homeowners put solar panels on their roofs, working with home builders to make solar power a feature on new homes, and offering customers “shares” in a solar farm.

Solar for your home

As a SMUD customer, you can put the sun to work with your own solar power system and generate your own energy for a better and cleaner Sacramento.

Solar for your business

Your business can add solar power and SMUD can help.

Community solar

Solar is for everyone and we’re bringing it to our community.


Everyone can have solar power with SMUD’s SolarShares. You can own part of a solar farm for as little as a few dollars a month.

SolarSmart Homes

Shopping for a new home? Why not buy one that already has solar power built-in along with other energy efficient features. You can save up to 60% on your electric bill.

Looking for basic information on solar energy systems?
The internet has a wealth of information on solar energy systems. For starters, you can get information on Solar Basics at the Go Solar California Website. You can also find some useful information on the website of NREL, the National Renewable Energy Labs.

Related Topics

  • The District offers programs to provide equal opportunity to all segments of the business community.
  • SMUD is nationally recognized as a leader in renewable resources and electric transportation.
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Leading the way

Powering a cleaner environment with renewable energy.

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Locally-grown solar power

Buy your electricity fresh off the farm.