City of Palo Alto Utilities – Solar Water Heating Program

City of Palo Alto Utilities – Solar Water Heating Program;
State: California

  • Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
  • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
  • Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, New Construction or Retrofit applications are eligible.
  • Amount: Residential/Small Commercial: determined by SRCC rated savings and Solar Orientation Factor (SOF)
  • Large Commercial/Industrial: based on the type of system installed, SRCC rated savings, and SOF
  • Maximum Incentive: Residential/Small Commercial: $1,500
  • Large Commercial/Industrial: $75,000
  • One contractor can have no more than $150,000 in incentive reservations at any given time.
  • Equipment Requirements: Residential/Small Commercial: Systems must be SRCC OG300 rated.
  • Larger projects: Collectors must be SRCC OG100 rated.
  • All systems must have a minimum of a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on the solar collector(s), minimum of 1-year and up to 5-years based on manufacturer’s warranty on the individual balance of system components, and 1-year warranty on installation labor and workmanship.
  • Installation Requirements: Systems must be installed by a contractor with an active A, B, c-4, C-36 or C-46 license. Self-installers are not required to be licensed, but must attend a one-day training workshop. Contractors are also required to attend the one-day training workshop.
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City of Palo Alto Utilities SWH Program
c/o California Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (866) 611-CPAU
Fax: (858) 244-1178
Web Site: