Switch your home or business to a cleaner energy source by purchasing electricity through East Bay Community Energy or installing a solar power system.
East Bay Community Energy
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is our community-governed, local power supplier that provides cleaner electricity to Berkeley and Alameda County residents and businesses.
EBCE offers two different electricity services:
- Bright Choice, the basic plan, costs less than PG&E and has more renewable energy than PG&E
- Renewable 100 delivers 100% California solar and wind energy, at a slightly higher rate than PG&E
Berkeley customers currently enrolled in Bright Choice will be automatically transitioned to Renewable 100 beginning March 2022 for residential customers and October 2022 for commercial customers. Any residential customers on the CARE, FERA or Medical Baseline programs will remain on Bright Choice.
Customers can always choose a different service plan, or return to PG&E service at any time. To learn more about the transition and find webinars about EBCE’s service plans, visit the EBCE website.
EBCE partners with PG&E, which delivers electricity and natural gas, maintains the power lines, responds to outages, and provides billing and customer service. EBCE purchases electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind on behalf of Alameda County residents and business.
All EBCE customers are still PG&E customers, and are eligible to participate in any of PG&E's rebate, savings or arrearage management programs. Additionally, CARE, FERA and medical baseline customers can participate in EBCE and will continue to receive discounted rates.
Installing rooftop solar at your home or business is a great way to reduce greenhouses gases and can save you money on your energy bill.
Find resources to help you go solar below:
- Go Solar California summarizes state legislation on access to the sun for solar systems
- SunShares is a seasonal program offering rooftop solar and battery storage discounts to Bay Area residents every fall. SunShares pools the buying power of residents, vets the contractors, and offers informational webinars
- Resilient Home is a preferred pricing rooftop solar and battery storage program offered for a limited-time through East Bay Community Energy
- Non-profit GRID Alternatives offers low-to-no cost rooftop solar to low-income households
- Learn about financing options for green building improvements, including rooftop solar
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency lists federal, state and local tax rebates and incentives