Fremont Solar Vision

The City of Fremont is proud to be recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy, adopting programs and practices that establish Fremont as a solar-friendly and environmentally sustainable community.

The City of Fremont has already demonstrated its commitment to solar in a number of ways, including:

SolSmart Gold Designated Community


As a SolSmart Gold Designee with a "Special Award for Excellence in Permitting" and the 1st place winner of the National League of Cities SolSmart Challenge, Fremont is receiving national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. A SolSmart designation is a signal that the community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment, generate economic development, and create local jobs.

SolSmart Gold

About SolSmart Designation


To achieve designation, cities and counties take steps to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are non-hardware costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Examples of soft costs include planning and zoning; permitting; financing; customer acquisition; and installation labor. Soft costs now represent roughly two-thirds of the total price of an installed residential system. Reducing these costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers.

    Read the City's SolSmart commitment letter here.