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Peninsula Sun. Shares Palo Alto’s Facilities Manager Meeting February 11, 2015
What is Peninsula Sun. Shares? A limited-time group procurement program for residential solar installations in the SF Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano & Sonoma) GOAL: To reduce the confusion of “going solar, ” making the process simple and affordable. How? • Pool the buying power of homeowners. • Provide a vetted contractor selection. • Provide a technical advisor to answer questions. • Help homeowners reduce their long-term utility bills. • Make it easy to reduce our carbon footprint and support larger community sustainability goals.
Who’s Participating? Program Partners Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County. Vote Solar Non-profit organization working to bring solar energy into the mainstream through policy development and advocacy.
Why Peninsula Sun. Shares? Barriers to Solar Market Transformation • High upfront cost • Marketing & customer acquisition • Customer confusion • Information overload • Who to call? • What’s best for my home?
Vote Solar as Program Administrator • Develop collateral materials and program website • Manage solar installer selection process • Handle all homeowner questions • Coordinate contractors
Solar Installer Selection Process Step 1: • Vote Solar issues the Request for Proposals to local, regional & national solar firms Step 2: • Evaluation committee of representatives from participating partner agencies review proposals • Installer selection based on experience, resources, longevity, equipment, warranties, customer service, financing options & pricing discounts Step 3: • Committee to select one or more contractors to provide services through Peninsula Sun. Shares
Peninsula Sun. Shares – Employer Outreach Promote the program using Internal Communication channels: Email blasts, intranet, newsletters, Salesforce Chatter, etc. Achieve your employee engagement goals. Invest in employees well being outside the office. Leverage the collective action of employees to help achieve community clean energy goals
Next Steps for Interested Companies Express interest in conducting outreach • Confirm with your CPAU Key Account Representative (or Lindsay Joye) by Feb. 26 • CPAU shall make introduction to the Vote Solar team • Company shall identify internal communication channels and receive approval to use them. • Conduct outreach 1 -2 times per month April – June 2015 Thank You! Lindsay. Joye@cityofpaloalto. org or Jessie@votesolar. org