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State Office Buildings Go Solar in 2018

The California Department of General Services (DGS) and SMUD today announced an agreement for DGS to receive over 50 percent of its electricity needs in SMUD’s service territory via a 20-year Large Commercial SolarShare® agreement. The SolarShares program is a community solar project—a series of solar generating facilities shared by multiple community members, allowing the customer to avoid developing and maintaining its own onsite solar facilities. This agreement is the largest community solar project of its kind in the nation—creating enough energy to power about 8,200 homes per year (about 74 gigawatt hours).


The electricity from this agreement will be used to power a variety of DGS properties in Sacramento County and will help bring many facilities to zero net energy (ZNE) once they meet energy efficiency targets. Specific buildings included in this agreement include those that house the California Energy Commission, Employment Development Department, California State Personnel Board and many more.

“This partnership is an important next step in achieving Governor Brown’s ambitious climate change goals,” said DGS Director Daniel C. Kim. “The SolarShares agreement allows California to demonstrate its leadership in greening state operations, which reduces utility costs and helps ensure a brighter future for all.”

With this agreement, DGS will help mitigate the production of approximately 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. That’s equivalent to removing more than 11,500 gas-powered vehicles from the road. The agreement is also projected to save DGS an estimated $22 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

“DGS’ actions will lead directly to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved regional air quality,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “They’re a fantastic partner and we appreciate their vision and dedication to the health and well-being of our community.”

SMUD’s Large Commercial SolarShares program allows large businesses in the Sacramento region to purchase solar energy directly from SMUD. DGS is already a SolarShares customer, receiving about half of the solar electricity generated by SMUD’s Rancho Seco solar farm. This new agreement expands DGS’ SolarShares participation approximately sixfold.

About the California Department of General Services
The Department of General Services acts as the business manager for the state of California. DGS helps state government better serve the public by providing services to state agencies including procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management, leasing and design services, environmentally friendly transportation, and architectural oversight and funding for the construction of safe schools.

About SMUD
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit



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Division of the State Architect

The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for state-owned facilities and public schools.

Facilities Management Division

The Facilities Management Division provides building management and administration, operations, maintenance, and repair services to support the state's real estate assets.

Office of Administrative Hearings

The Office of Administrative Hearings hears administrative disputes for state, local and county agencies, including special education due process hearings and mediations for school districts and parents of children with special education needs.
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Office of Fleet and Asset Management

The Office of Fleet and Asset Management oversees the state’s vehicle fleet, rental cars, parking facilities and surplus auctions.

Office of Public School Construction

The Office of Public School Construction facilitates the processing of School Facility Program construction applications to make voter-approved state bond matching funds available to qualifying school districts. The office implements and administers the $35 billion voter-approved program.

Office of State Publishing

The Office of State Publishing provides innovative printing and communication solutions and services to state, federal, county and city agencies.

Procurement Division

The Procurement Division oversees policies and procedures used by all state agencies in their purchasing and contracting activities. It develops innovative procurement solutions including statewide contracts, purchasing portals, and end-user training enabling state agencies to acquire the goods and services needed to serve the people of California.

Real Estate Services Division

The Real Estate Services Division is a full-service real estate organization. Its highest priority is to provide the highest level of customer service in fulfilling state agencies’ facility and real property needs.

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Ziggurat Building Photography


The DGS Office of Public Affairs is responsible for considering requests by professional photographers/videographers who desire access to the Ziggurat building’s 8th floor, northeast balcony in West Sacramento. DGS requires that a photographer is either on assignment from a bona fide news media outlet, or if not a photojournalist, that the photographer maintains a commercial website and/or provides verifiable references. 

Time frames: Photo shoots are limited to 30 minutes during business hours from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, as our schedule and the meeting room adjacent to the balcony in question allow. DGS public affairs staff will escort photographers into and out of the building and will stay with them throughout the shoot. For photography shoots after business hours, some photographers have chosen to set-up their equipment on the balcony for time-lapse shooting prior to 4:30 p.m. on a business day, they then retrieve their equipment on the next business day. DGS assumes no responsibility for any equipment left unattended in the building. Contact our office at least five working days prior to the proposed day and time of the photography shoot.  Contact:

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