City of Palo Alto Utilities – PV Partners

City of Palo Alto Utilities – PV Partners;
State: California

  • Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
  • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
  • Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government
  • Amount: Systems <30kW: Rebate varies depending on customer class; based on CEC AC watts.
  • Systems 30 kW and larger: Performance-based incentive (PBI), based on actual monthly energy produced (kWh) for 60 month term.
  • For current rebate levels, visit the program website below.
  • Maximum Incentive: Incentives available for first 1 MW
  • Eligible System Size: 1 kW minimum, 1 MW maximum
  • Equipment Requirements: All flat plate PV modules and inverters must be on the State of California Energy Commission list of eligible equipment; must have full 10-year warranty on equipment and labor.
  • Installation Requirements: PV systems must be grid-connected; must be installed by a licensed contractor.
  • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Remains with system owner. City of Palo Alto Utilities may offer to purchase the Solar Renewable Energy Credits for systems at least 100 kilowatts in size.
  • Program Budget: $1.3 million per program year for 10 years. If all of the funds are reserved in a given program year, the rebate level drops to the next program year, and the program stays open.
  • Program Start Date: July 2007
  • Web Site:


Utility Marketing Services
City of Palo Alto Utilities
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 329-2241
Fax: (650) 617-3140
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