Become a solar advocate for your community


PG&E’s Local Green Saver Program provides access to local solar power and a 20% electric bill discount for customers in select communities. The solar power must come from projects built within a 5-mile radius of their community (or 40 miles of their community for projects within San Joaquin Valley Pilot communities). Each solar project built requires an advocate to lead (sponsor) the effort. Learn about the program benefits and how you can help your community by becoming a sponsor today.


Benefits for subscribers within select communities


  • Allows anyone access to solar, including renters and homes unsuitable for solar rooftop installation.
  • Opportunity to receive 100% of their electricity from renewable energy.
  • Uses renewable energy generated within or near their community.
  • Provides a 20% discount on electricity bills on top of applicable CARE/FERA discounts for eligible customers.
    • Participants are not required to be low-income, but low-income customers have first priority. 50% of the project must be reserved by low-income customers in order for non-low-income customers, including the project sponsor(s), to be eligible for the Local Green Saver discount.

Getting started


  • Determine if your community qualifies as a Disadvantaged Community. Projects must be located in a Disadvantaged Community, using the current version of CalEnviroScreen.

    Visit the CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Map and enter your address.

  • For local solar projects to be built, local community leaders are required to advocate (“sponsor”) their development.


Sponsor eligibility


  • To qualify as a participating sponsor, you must be a non-profit, community-based organization (such as a school, church or Community Choice Aggregator) or local government.
  • In order for a sponsor to be eligible for the 20% bill discount, 50% of the project’s capacity must be subscribed by low-income customers. The sponsor must also meet the same eligibility criteria as other customers:
    • Be based in a disadvantaged community
    • Be located in proximity to the project (census tract border within five miles of the project, or 40 miles for projects located in San Joaquin Valley Pilot communities)
    • Be a PG&E customer and meet the other eligibility criteria
  • Sponsors may subscribe up to 25% of the project’s output.
  • A project may have more than one sponsor.


Responsibilities, benefits and sign-up information

General resources

Sponsor responsibilities

  • Identify and work directly with a renewable developer to execute solar project. Provide a letter of commitment to developer (see FAQ for more detail)
  • Verify siting preferences or recommend a solar site for approval
  • Make efforts to promote job training/local workforce development
  • Generate community interest according to plan submitted in letter of commitment
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Sponsor benefits

  • Positively impact your local community environment through increased clean energy use
  • Influence job creation within the local community
  • Be eligible to receive a 20% discount off electric bill, capped at 25% of project output, once 50% of the project’s capacity is subscribed by low-income customers.
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How to become a sponsor

  1. Find and partner with a solar developer.
  2. Prepare to provide the necessary support (see “Sponsor Responsibilities” section).
  3. If you wish to post your organization’s name and contact information for developers to contact you, please email your details to localgreensaver@pge.com.