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To propel the City of San Francisco into the clean energy future, the City launched GoSolarSF, a program that provides a monetary incentive to help residents and businesses install solar panels on rooftops across San Francisco. GoSolarSF reduces participants’ electricity bills and shrinks the City’s carbon footprint. Whether you’re a residential customer or commercial installer, we are here to assist you with the process.

Program Eligibility

  • Participants must be a CleanPowerSF customer or an existing Hetch Hetchy Power electric customer; and
  • The solar installation must be performed by a GoSolarSF contractor that is certified by the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. View the Certified Solar Installer List.
See the Program Handbook for additional requirements.

GoSolarSF strongly encourages applicants to shop around for an installer and to request at least three separate bids before choosing a contractor.

Low-Income Customers

If you are a low-income homeowner, you can receive additional incentives for a solar electric system.

GoSolarSF partners with Grid Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer that serves low-to-moderate income families. Grid Alternatives operates the Energy for All Program, which includes the following program: Disadvantaged Communities – Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH).

Homeowners qualified to receive solar with the DAC-SASH program are eligible for a no-cost solar system, which can save up to 50-90 percent on a family’s electric bill. Not sure if you qualify? Determine your eligibility here: GRID Alternatives’ DAC-SASH Information & Instructions.

If you do not qualify under DAC-SASH, GoSolarSF also offers an additional incentive for Low Income Non-DAC-SASH applicants. View the GoSolarSF Supplemental Low-Income Non-DAC-SASH Incentive Information & Instructions or the Program Handbook.

Apply Today

Customers must have a contract with an installer prior to applying for the GoSolarSF program. Installers handle the online GoSolarSF application for their customers so please contact your installer for assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact the GoSolarSF office at or (415) 554-3434.

Solar Installers

To become a participating GoSolarSF solar installer, you must first become a GoSolarSF Certified Contractor through City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Apply now by going to Workforce Development Information for Installers.

Installers that are already certified and have a login can access the online application system now, or call GoSolarSF at (415) 554-3434 to obtain your sign-in information.

The following documents will assist you in the program’s process on behalf of your customer.    

Incentive Levels for Calendar Year 2020
CleanPowerSF & Hetch Hetchy Residential Basic* $100/kW. Cap: 4.0 kW per meter.
Add on if eligible: Environmental Justice or CalHome Loan $100/kW. Cap: 4.0 kW per meter.
Add on if eligible: City Installer $250/kW. Cap: 4.0 kW per meter.
Add on if eligible: Low-Income $2,000/kW. Cap: 4.0 kW per meter.
Business* $100/kW. Cap: $10,000 per meter and $50,000 per service site.
Nonprofit/Municipal $1,000/kW. Cap: $50,000 per service site.
Nonprofit Residential $1,000/kW. Cap: $50,000 per service site.
Multi-Unit Residential Virtual Net Metering* $100/kW. Cap: $100 multiplied by the number of assessed units at the building plus $10,000. Under no circumstances will a building receive more than $50,000.
Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEM-A)* $100/kW. Cap: $10,000 per meter and $50,000 per building.

*On January 1, 2021, the incentive level will be reduced to $0/kW for the noted categories: CleanPowerSF and Hetch Hetchy Residential Basic, Business, Multi-Unit Residential Virtual Net Metering and Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEM-A).

Resources and Links

Para obtener información en español sobre este programa, llame al: (415) 554-3434

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