Energy Programs for Residents

To view progress and data on the energy programs for residents below, please visit

  1. Free Solar Program
  2. CARE and FERA
  3. MCE Virtual Power Plant (VPP)
  4. Weatherization Program
  5. PG&E Energy Savings Assistance Program
  6. Green House Call
  7. BayREN Home+
  8. Bay Area SunShares
  9. HERO and California First

Free Solar for Qualifying Richmond Homes


The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond. To date, the partnership has serviced over 470 homes in Richmond and provided millions of dollars in energy cost savings to the community. This new initiative will provide more than $2.5 million in energy cost savings for families and prevent more than 5,700 tons of greenhouse gases over the systems' lifetimes. It will also provide more than 15,000 hours of job skill-building in solar installation for community volunteers and job trainees.

To qualify, Richmond and North Richmond residents who own and live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income may be considered to receive solar through GRID Alternatives. For example, a four-person household in Richmond with an income of $69,375 or lower would be income-qualified. An eight-person Richmond household earning $116,575 or less would be income-qualified. Each additional person would cost an additional $11,000 after that. 

For more information about eligibility, homeowners should contact GRID Alternatives by phone

(866) 921-4696 or (510) 775-9162, email ( or complete an online form at Residents may also contact the City at (510) 620-6512.

The program is funded through the State, City of Richmond, MCE, donations, and Federal Tax Credits. 

Outreach 3-in-1 Flyer June2022 - English (2)