SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Platinum
Population: 241,110
Designation Level: SolSmart Platinum
Year Designated: Gold 2016 / Platinum 2023
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Fremont, California is the program’s first-ever Platinum designee, a level of SolSmart designation that recognizes high-impact local achievements to advance solar energy use and make this clean energy resource more widely accessible. Fremont originally earned SolSmart Gold designation in 2016 and has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. In order to achieve SolSmart Platinum designation, the City of Fremont:

  • Adopted instant permitting through the SolarAPP+ program,
  • Posted public metrics and numerous online resources for residents interested in adding solar to their homes,
  • Installed solar PV on multiple city-owned properties,
  • And undertook community partnerships to equitably expand solar in the city by leveraging funds from foundations and state government. That included partnerships with affordable housing developers, and groups such as ICLEI and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

These initiatives set Fremont apart in the extent to which it has adopted nationally-recognized best practices to accelerate deployment of solar energy, and provide an example for other communities to follow.

Fremont's achievement of the SolSmart Platinum designation marks a significant milestone in our commitment to a sustainable and clean energy future...By actively promoting the adoption of renewable energy and streamlining the solar permitting process, we are empowering our community to reduce our community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and advancing our vision towards a climate ready Fremont. This remarkable designation is a credit not only to our dedicated City staff but also to the unwavering commitment and active participation of our incredible community. Together, we stand proud of this extraordinary achievement, which showcases the collective effort and shared vision of a brighter, greener future for all.
- Lily Mei, Fremont Mayor