SunWork Bay Area

Our nonprofit helps homeowners with low electricity bills go solar. We serve the San Francisco Bay Area including the East Bay, Peninsula, and South Bay.

Get Solar

SunWork is a nonprofit organization with industry professionals who train volunteers to help with small solar installations. Our model enables us to provide you with cost savings up to 1/3 below conventional costs.

Volunteer

Learn more about solar by becoming a volunteer. As a trained volunteer you will learn about installing solar panels, placing inverters, running wires, and many other essential activities associated with small solar installations.

Our Mission

To make solar energy more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers.

 
 
 
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Coverage Areas

We install rooftop solar systems for homes and small nonprofits in the following locations:

Western Alameda County

Albany
Berkeley
Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
Hayward
Livermore
Newark
Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
San Leandro
Union City
Albany
Berkeley
Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
Hayward
Livermore
Newark
Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
San Leandro
Union City

Not covered: City of Alameda

Southwestern Contra Costa County

Danville
El Cerrito
Kensington
Lafayette
Moraga
Orinda
Pleasant Hill
Richmond
San Pablo
San Ramon
Walnut Creek
Danville
El Cerrito
Kensington
Lafayette
Morago
Orinda
Pleasant Hill
Richmond
San Pablo
San Ramon
Walnut Creek

San Mateo County

Atherton
Belmont
Brisbane
Broadmoor
Burlingame
Colma
Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Grenada
Emerald Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Highlands-Baywood Park
Hillsborough
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Moss Beach
Montara
North Fair Oaks
Pacifica
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Gregorio
San Mateo
South San Francisco
West Menlo Park
Woodside
Atherton
Belmont
Brisbane
Broadmoor
Burlingame
Colma
Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Grenada
Emerald Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Highlands-Baywood Park
Hillsborough
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Moss Beach
Montara
North Fair Oaks
Pacifica
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Gregorio
San Mateo
South San Francisco
West Menlo Park
Woodside

Santa Clara County

Campbell
Cupertino
Gilroy
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Los Gatos
Milpitas
Monte Sereno
Morgan Hill
Mountain View
Saratoga
San Jose
Santa Clara
Sunnyvale
Campbell
Cupertino
Gilroy
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Los Gatos
Milpitas
Monte Sereno
Morgan Hill
Mountain View
Saratoga
San Jose
Santa Clara
Sunnyvale
Note: We work with nonprofits in Palo Alto, but do not install solar for homes in Palo Alto.

San Francisco

We work with nonprofits in San Francisco, but do not install solar for homes.

Santa Cruz County

We can sometimes accommodate solar installs in Northern Santa Cruz county. Please fill out the request quote form or send email to info@sunwork.org.

Events: Learn About Solar

We offer volunteer training for people who want to help install solar panel systems as well as workshops for those who are interested in solar for their own home.
Aug
27
Thu
Going Solar Webinar! @ Online Event
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Going Solar Webinar! @ Online Event

Learn how solar panels work, installation considerations, technology options and economics from SunWork, a nonprofit dedicated to making solar more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers. We’ll also talk about options to electrify your home, including heat pumps, induction cooking, battery backups, and electric vehicle chargers.

A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who register.

Sep
12
Sat
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Sept. 12
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Sept. 12

Register for a free online webinar to learn how to install solar energy systems. Then volunteer on solar energy projects in your community.

Learn the basics of installing rooftop solar energy systems by volunteering with SunWork. This 3-hour online event teaches the basics of rooftop solar, solar equipment, electricity, and construction safety. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn about clean renewable energy.
Once you’ve completed this training, you are eligible to join us to install residential and nonprofit solar systems in your community. Volunteers work together with SunWork’s professional staff, attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels that make a solar system tick. Some of our volunteers leverage this experience toward a career in solar energy. Others plan to install solar on their own homes. Most volunteers enjoy supporting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping provide solar energy for their communities. Please see our Bay Area and Central Coast web pages for the communities we serve.
After you register, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link via your Eventbrite registration confirmation email. Please scroll toward the bottom of the email to find the Zoom link.
Requirements:
-This orientation session will be conducted online using Zoom. The session requires you to have access to a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer with the Zoom App installed. Ideally, you will also have a camera available on your device.
-You must be 18 or older to volunteer (or if 16 or 17, with parent or guardian permission.)

Oct
24
Sat
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Oct. 24 @ Berkeley, California
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Oct. 24 @ Berkeley, California | Berkeley | CA | United States

Register for a free online webinar to learn how to install solar energy systems. Then volunteer on solar energy projects in your community.

Learn the basics of installing rooftop solar energy systems by volunteering with SunWork. This 3-hour online event teaches the basics of rooftop solar, solar equipment, electricity, and construction safety. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn about clean renewable energy.
Once you’ve completed this training, you are eligible to join us to install residential and nonprofit solar systems in your community. Volunteers work together with SunWork’s professional staff, attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels that make a solar system tick. Some of our volunteers leverage this experience toward a career in solar energy. Others plan to install solar on their own homes. Most volunteers enjoy supporting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping provide solar energy for their communities. Please see our Bay Area and Central Coast web pages for the communities we serve.
After you register, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link via your Eventbrite registration confirmation email. Please scroll toward the bottom of the email to find the Zoom link.
Requirements:
-This orientation session will be conducted online using Zoom. The session requires you to have access to a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer with the Zoom App installed. Ideally, you will also have a camera available on your device.
-You must be 18 or older to volunteer (or if 16 or 17, with parent or guardian permission.)

Solar Reviews

A sales pitch from a different solar company ironically led us to a great experience with SunWork. The pitch showed us that an installation is...

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Baby D. - Oakland

All I can say is WOW. These guys are so professional from beginning to end. We didn't think we could get solar, due to our small electric bill and...

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Chocolate I. - San Jose

SunWork was, without a doubt, the most comprehensive and perfect service we have experienced. Typically the cost of any remodel, addition, or home...

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Lynda S. - San Jose

It's an amazing company!! They installed a complete system on my house. I usually do the work on my house and can be very specific on doing a job...

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Sean P. - Castro Valley

SunWork installed a central inverter with a Secure Power Feature. As long as the sun is shining, I can power up to 1,500 W of devices from my PV...

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Marshall G. - Sunnyvale

There are many solar installers competing for business, but few provide the customer service and expertise that we found in abundance with SunWork....

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Sara T. - Atherton

We had such a great experience with our SunWork installation in August. Communication was excellent. I participated in the installation, which was a...

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Leif B. - Berkeley

Thanks Reuben and the SunWork team! We're excited about raising the next generation in a carbon friendly household.

Jonathan E. - Oakland

I been researching the solar installation costs and companies. Every solar company claimed and gave the presentation to impress us on how great they...

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Ashish A. - San Jose

In collaboration with Facebook and Menlo Spark, SunWork installed a 24 kW solar array on the clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club in Belle Haven. Our...

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James - Boys & Girls Club, Menlo Park

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