sunshares group-buy program: residential solar

About SunShares

2018 SunShares Registration Now Closed - 2019 Program will Launch August 2019

Registration is now closed for the 2018 SunShares solar and EV group-buy program. So far, Palo Alto is the top-performing city both in terms of the number of residents to register and the number of solar contracts signed. Final program results will be available in January. 

The program ran from August through November. During that time, residents of the nine Bay Area counties received discounts on rooftop solar from vetted solar installers and discounts on electric vehicles from local car dealerships. 

Check back in August at to learn about the 2019 program.
For more information about the 2018 program, read the information below.


2018 SunShares Program

For the fourth year in a row, the City of Palo Alto participated in Bay Area SunShares, a solar group-buy program administered by Building Council for Climate Change (BC3), a non-profit working with Bay Area organizations to take collective action on sustainability issues. 

Nine Bay Area counties participated in SunShares. Three solar installers have been vetted and selected to provide no-cost solar consultations and discounted rooftop solar photovoltaic system installations: 


  • SkyTech Solar
  • Peterson Dean
  • Solar Technologies

In addition, discounts on two zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) were offered through the program:


  • 2018 Nissan Leaf, through Boardwalk Nissan in Redwood City 
  • 2018 hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Mirai, through San Francisco Toyota
  • Program Eligibility

    Residents of the nine Bay Area participating communities, which includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

    How SunShares works

    1. Register online at by November 30. 
    2. Schedule a consultation with one of the three vetted solar installers: SkyTech Solar, Peterson Dean, and Solar Technologies. 
    3. Sign your solar contract by December 31, 2018 to take advantage of the discounted program pricing.

    Learn more

    For more information on the SunShares program, visit or email us at

    You can also email questions directly to BC3 at:


    A SunShares informational workshop was held in Palo Alto on Saturday September 29, 2018. You can see the content covered at the workshop by reviewing the workshop presentation slides.