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Discounts on zero emission cars, solar

Post Date:09/29/2017

 Christina Armor, Program Director, Business Council on Climate Change [] [415-355-5013]

Cara Bautista, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Walnut Creek [][925-943,5899x2216]


Sunshares, a renewable energy group purchase program that makes it easier and more affordable to go solar or purchase a zero emission vehicle, will hold a free workshop on Sept. 28 for residents interested in learning more.

The workshop is from 7-8 p.m. at Concord’s City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord and residents can RSVP at

Under the SunShares program, any resident of the nine Bay Area counties (as well as residents of Sacramento and Yolo counties) can access discounts on electric vehicles (EVs), including the plug-in electric Nissan Leaf and the hydrogen fuel cell powered Toyota Mirai. In addition, participants can install rooftop solar at prices well below market rates from PetersenDean, SkyTech Solar or Solar Technologies.

In addition to the in-person workshops, SunShares is offering free online webinars in September and October to help homeowners, drivers, and renters understand their clean energy options and how they can benefit from SunShares.

The SunShares program helps solar and EV companies reduce high costs associated with marketing and customer acquisition, which in turn allows the firms to offer discounted pricing.

As an Outreach Partner, Walnut Creek is helping to spread the word of the 2017 Bay Area SunShares Program to employees and residents.

SunShares participants have until November 10 to sign up for limited-time discounts, and must sign a contract with one of the selected providers by December 31 to qualify for the group discount available through Bay Area SunShares. Installations will be completed the following spring.

SunShares is administered by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), a fiscally sponsored project of the 501c3 non-profit Community Initiatives. BC3 seeks to engage San Francisco businesses in taking collective action on sustainability issues.  Walnut Creek and more than fifty other cities and major employers across the Bay Area are taking part in SunShares as Outreach Partners.

For more information on Bay Area SunShares, please visit For information on workshops and webinars, visit


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