Brisbane City Council Votes to Participate in SunShares, Launching July 2016


The City of Brisbane has voted to participate in the Peninsula SunShares program. For some background, an excerpt from the City’s Council meeting notes is below:

Last year, Brisbane was a participating agency in the “Peninsula SunShares” program, which was administered by non-profit Vote Solar. This year, the non-profit Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) will be administering the program as the lead person at Vote Solar has moved on to a position with the SF Department of Environment.

The Peninsula SunShares program achieves cost savings in a residential solar bulk purchase program through economies of scale – expanding the “reach” of the program allows for greater potential to improve pricing for program participants. Last year, there were 13 participating agencies: 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.

The program kicked off last year on April 1st after two solar installation vendors were selected by the evaluation committee (Sunrun and Skytech Solar). Brisbane had a total of 11 signed contracts with residents installing solar panels on their rooftops, which was 5.7% of the 192 signed contracts ultimately achieved through the SunShares program, or 975kW capacity. (Read more)

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