City of Santa Cruz Sunshot Solar Roadmap

Lock in higher solar savings now!

If you’re a homeowner thinking about going solar, your window to maximize savings is short. Our Energy Advisors strongly recommend you select an installer no later than March 31st and submit your interconnection application (via your installer) by April 14, 2023. After this date, your solar savings will still be meaningful but 60% lower over the next 20 years. This change is due to NEM 3, California’s new net metering policy, approved in December 2022, which will apply to systems with interconnection applications submitted after April 14th at 5pm PST. NOTE: your installation does not have to happen by this deadline, and you can even make some changes to your system design after submitting your application.

Sign up for quotes by entering your zip code above, and learn more about NEM 3.0 and how to lock in savings before the April deadline here.

Santa Cruz and EnergySage are partnering to help you save money!

Santa Cruz is excited to welcome EnergySage to our local community as part of the citywide campaign to Go Solar Santa Cruz. EnergySage provides a simple way to go solar. The EnergySage Marketplace gets you quotes online from multiple, pre-screened local installers and helps you compare offers in an apples-to-apples format so you get the best deal. It’s free to use and you don’t have to share your phone number!

About the Go Solar Santa Cruz Campaign

How the EnergySage Marketplace Works

Calculate solar savings

See your customized solar savings potential

Pre-screened installers submit quotes online

Installers compete for your business

Compare quotes online

Pick the best quote for you and save with solar!

Why use the EnergySage Marketplace

It's never been easier to shop for solar systems with confidence. Get quotes from multiple pre-screened installers. The EnergySage Marketplace makes comparison shopping for solar simple and transparent, so you can understand the true costs and benefits of each quote across all of your financing options. Don’t shop without it!

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Santa Cruz: Leading by Example

Over 800 solar installations in Santa Cruz!

For over two decades, the City of Santa Cruz has taken steps to reduce the effects of and respond to climate change. With a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, Mayor Lynn Robinson proclaimed 2014 the year to Go Solar Santa Cruz kicking off the City’s solar campaign. The City has 7 municipal solar projects generating ~1,200,000 kWh annually, or the equivalent of powering almost 200 homes a year.

About Go Solar Santa Cruz Initiatives

About the MB Green Business Program

We also work with our local businesses to green their operations through the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. To be certified “green,” participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. The program serves Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties.

About Monterey Bay Green Business Program

Case Study

216 solar panels on Ecology Action-Cruzio Building

Major equipment used manufactured domestically. 51.84 kWh system.

Annual Savings
Trees planted every year

Solar Saves You Money

An overview of the benefits of going solar

Going solar more often than not means you won't pay an electric bill for the next 25-30 years. What would that mean for you and your family? See how going solar will put money in your pocket.

Solar for Business

An overview of the benefits of going solar for businesses

Solar is a great way to reduce cost and increase profits. Businesses can significantly reduce or completely eliminate their electric bill. Companies are finding that “green” credentials are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing decisions, creating goodwill & improved business results.

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Estimate your savings with our Solar Calculator!

See how your local community is working hard to make solar more accessible for you!

The Solar Roadmap is a platform for local governments and electric utilities to implement global best practices to reduce soft costs for solar energy. The Solar Roadmap works in coordination with the local jurisdictions to develop a customized, interactive solar roadmap containing guidance on how to transform the local solar market. Please contact us if your community does not yet have a Solar Roadmap. Learn About Solar Roadmap