The City of Fremont is proud to be recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy. It has adopted many programs and practices that establish Fremont as a solar-friendly and environmentally sustainable community:
- Encourages the integration of renewable energy sources into new and existing buildings and infrastructure through the Conservation Element of the City's General Plan (2012). Examples include rooftop and onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar water heating systems, and wind energy systems.
- Passage of a Renewable Energy Ordinance in 2012, now codified in Chapter 18.185 of the Municipal Code, to implement policies of the General Plan. The ordinance provides specific use allowances and flexibility in permitting for solar and wind energy systems, as well as other emerging technologies.
- Reduction of residential solar permit fees and adoption of a residential solar streamlining ordinance that reduces turnaround times for small rooftop solar permits to three days maximum, allows for electronic permit applications, and requires only one inspection for permit authorization, efforts that align with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research California Solar Permitting Guidebook and AB 2188 - Solar Energy: Permits.
- Participation in the Department of Energy's American Solar Transformation Initiative (ASTI) to reduce transaction, administrative and construction costs related to residential and small commercial solar projects.
- Designation as a SolSmart Gold Designee with a "Special Award for Excellence in Permitting" and as the 1st place winner of the National League of Cities SolSmart Challenge.
- Passage of a Solar Preservation Ordinance in 2017 to preserve solar access for Fremont property owners.
Fremont Solar Expansion
As the cost to install of solar has continued to decline, the number of solar installations in Fremont has steadily grown. By the end of 2019, Fremont had 5,040 residential and 121 commercial & industrial sites equipped with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, totaling 47.7 Megawatts (MW) of power generating capacity. The graph below shows the cumulative installed solar and battery storage capacity over the past two decades.
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