SolarCity's Collective Power Program Taps Communities Into the Sun
SolarCity, a community-wide
installer of solar systems, has successfully completed two additional
cooperative solar power programs to enable and accelerate the migration to
renewable energy sources.
In the communities of Mountain View and Woodside, California, residents
together subscribed to 557kW of renewable, neighborhood-produced energy
during the six-week program, which completed on April 30. SolarCity will
complete installation on all the homes this summer.
The Collective Power Program is an innovative solar purchasing program
that encourages community residents to join purchases together in order to
receive special pricing incentives on solar installations.
In Mountain View, community solar advocate Bruce Karney helped rally
118 homeowners to together install systems producing 355 kW of power.
"There were only 85 residential solar PV installations in Mountain View
before the start of this program," Karney said. "The power of collective
pricing made a strong argument for going solar, more than doubling the
number of solarized homes in the city."
Mountain View's mayor, Laura Macias, also came out in support of the
successful community initiative. "Mountain View residents made a powerful
environmental and economic statement by adopting clean, renewable energy,"
she said. "The city can take pride in this step to answer its own power
In the town of Woodside, SolarCity subscribed 202kW of solar power,
averaging 7kW of power generation per household. With the help of community
advocate and town resident Sally Hartman, the company helped usher in solar
programs both by hosting the Collective Power Program and by working with
Woodside officials to revise their solar permitting process. In response to
an expected increase in the number of such permits and to address concerns
with installation standards, the city collaborated with SolarCity and CSG
Consultants, a third party engineering and inspection company, to create
new town standards that ease permit demands, reduce consumer cost and speed
"These successful programs in Mountain View and Woodside demonstrate
just how much can be accomplished when communities take a stake in their
energy future," said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's CEO. "Their collective
efforts allow us to not only provide industry-leading pricing, but also
help encourage the changes necessary to boost solar adoption in the
community," he said. "The result is lower energy bills and clean energy
from the sun. It's a win-win for everyone."
The Collective Power Program has already become a proven model for
increasing residential and commercial solar power, attracting a total of
934kW worth of solar installations to date. A previous program in Portola
Valley, CA drew 77 households to subscribe 377 kilowatts-worth of renewable
power, eliminating 11 million pounds of carbon emissions.
is currently working on additional Collective Power Programs
with communities in San Jose, Castro Valley, Menlo Park, Los Altos,
Berkeley, San Carlos, and Santa Monica. The company will continue to bring
innovative programs like the Community Power Program to other communities
throughout the state, as it expands to new markets in the Los Angeles and
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