Residents of the DarkHorse subdivision have lived up to the project's name for more than a year, using generators and batteries for power.
Now they've cut a deal with Pacific Gas & Electric to bring electricity to the community's 74 properties for $205,000.
Holly Stryker-Katz and her husband, Roger, gave nearly $8,500 to cover other residents who couldn't afford to pitch in.
She says she'll pay whatever it takes to get heat to the homes, where temperatures are falling below freezing at night.
A finance company owns many of the properties after the developer defaulted last year.