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The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. In fact, in just one hour, the sun generates more energy than the entire world uses in a year. Solar power harnesses this energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy.

Technical Assistance: 

Smart Solar To encourage more installations of solar power, Berkeley offers free solar technical assistance to residents, businesses, and non-profits through the Smart Solar program. Smart Solar provides free, independent information on your solar potential, project planning, bid comparison, permitting and financing. Smart Solar is run by Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC), a local nonprofit organization. To learn more, contact CESC at 510-981-7750 or visit their website:


PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing allows property owners to borrow money to pay for renewable-energy systems and/or energy efficiency improvements and spread the cost of the upgrade over a period of time.


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