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Daly City Partners With Other Cities in Group Solar Buying Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar for Local Residents

Daly City has joined other nearby cities in an initiative called "Peninsula SunShares," in an effort that will encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar. The Peninsula SunShares Program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems in their homes.

"Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more than 1.5 megawatts of residential solar capacity," said Vote Solar's Jessie Denver. As the program administrator, Vote Solar is working with not just Daly City but also 12 other communities throughout San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. HERO is a PACE program that the City has made available to its residents.

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property. If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from two local solar installers. Sunrun, Inc., and Skytech Solar were both selected by the Peninsula SunShares following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors for cost, quality work and equipment, positive reputation, warranties, financing options and good employment and business practices. To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers by July 31, 2015.

Peninsular SunShares will host free workshops that includes local community experts that will explain how solar works and answer questions to help residents decide whether solar energy is right for their home. The workshops will also cover information about federal tax credits and financing options available to help homeowners install solar and save on their utility bills for years to come.

Attending a workshop is not a requirement for participation in the program. Peninsular SunShares kicked off April 1st and interested homeowners can visit the program website to sign-up and view a list of scheduled events.

Peninsula SunShares is organized by Foster City in partnership with Vote Solar, the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County.

For more information please visit Peninsular Sunshares.