Solar in San Pablo

Solar Panel Installation Information

Building Permits are required for all installations of photovoltaic (solar panel) systems, both for residential and non-residential properties. Click here for a solar panel installation check-list.  If you have any questions, call the City of San Pablo at (510) 215-3030.

NO-COST Solar for San Pablo Residents!

The City of San Pablo is partnering with GRID Alternatives to offer rooftop solar energy systems at no cost to qualifying San Pablo homeowners as part of the City’s Climate Action Plan. As a community-based nonprofit organization, GRID Alternatives is like no other solar installer.  GRID brings the benefits of solar technology to families that need the financial savings most, while giving volunteers and job trainees hands-on solar installation experience, and providing a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all.

Benefits include: 

  • Saving 50%-90% on your electric bill for 20+ years
  • Increased home value
  • Protection from rising energy costs
  • Safe, clean energy that’s healthier for families and communities

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Own and live in the home (renters do not qualify)
  • Have a monthly electric bill of $30 or more
  • Live in areas qualifying for state funding (see map below)

SPFunding map

  • Have an annual household income for 2018 or 2019 at or below the following limits:
Household Size (including children)Maximum Annual Income
1 person$62,750
2 people$71,700
3 people$80,650
4 people$89,600
5 people$96,800
6 people$103,950
Add all incomes in your household for 2018 or 2019.
Include children in your total household size.
If you already filed taxes for 2018, please use your 2018 federal tax income.

If you believe you meet the requirements above, contact the City at 1-510-215-3066 or call Grid Alternatives directly at 1-866-921-4696 or visit

City of San Pablo Solar Generation

To reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the City of San Pablo installed solar power generation systems on three of our City sites.  Check out how much energy we are currently producing and click the links to find out more about our solar and how it works.