Solar & Renewables
Solar technology harnesses the abundant energy from the sun and converts the sunlight directly into electricity. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of the Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. In order to help residents and businesses go solar, Berkeley has launched a program called SmartSolar.
The SmartSolar program offers free information and technical assistance to any Berkeley property owner. SmartSolar provides individualized independent technical assistance and an online mapping tool to assess solar potential for any roof in Berkeley.
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV): Using the abundant energy from the sun, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology converts sunlight directly into electricity.
- Solar Thermal: Solar thermal can supply most of your hot water needs and can even be used to heat your home.
Get Solar Smart
Through a partnership with the City of Berkeley, Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC), a local nonprofit organization provides free consumer education and project-specific consultations to Berkeley residents and businesses. CESC staff can help you to identify the best solar energy options and provide information on project planning, permitting and financing options. To learn more about these technical advising services, contact CESC at 510-981-7750 or visit their website: www.ebenergy.org/smartsolar
Berkeley Solar Map
The Berkeley Solar Map is an interactive tool for viewing the locations of existing solar installations in Berkeley. See your solar energy system online by visiting: www.CityofBerkeley.info/solarmap To calculate your solar potential and the cost benefits of going solar, including current tax subsidies, see: www.gosolarcalifornia.org/tools/calculators.php
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The goal of the Berkeley's Green Building Program is to remove barriers to green construction, and to promote polices and practices that encourage building green. Green buildings provide healthy, comfortable building interiors, maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment.
Climate Action Plan
Adopted by the Berkeley City Council on June 2, 2009, the Berkeley Climate Action Plan is the result of the community-based climate action campaign that the Berkeley voters set in motion. The plan is rooted in the vision for a sustainable Berkeley that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also creates a local vibrant, healthy community. See how we are doing towards meeting our Climate Action Plan goals at: www.cityofberkeley.info/climateprogress
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