Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Installation

The City of Palo Alto would like to announce the start of our NEW Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program (CIEEP). Our program is a high level assessment with the ability to drill down to specific components within your site. The assessment will give building owners and facility manager’s specific recommendations on way to save energy and money. The City of Palo Alto has selected three Engineering Consultant Companies to help our large Commercial Customers find energy efficiency opportunities.

Services offered at no cost to qualifying City of Palo Alto Utilities Commercial and Industrial customers include:

  • Customized analysis and measurements to determine system efficiency 
  • Detailed evaluation and recommendations for energy efficiency projects
  • Implementation coordination assistance*
  • Report on reductions in energy, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Independent verification of achieved energy savings after installation
  • Cash incentives to help buy down the cost of energy efficiency upgrades

The City's engineering consultant,, can also provide turn-key project implementation services for an additional fee. The program is available to customers with buildings larger than 30,000 square feet and/or with a maximum electric demand greater than 50 kilowatts (kW).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the incentive? The incentive is calculated based on installed and verified energy savings at a typical rate of $0.10 per kWh and $1.00 per therm saved over one year.

Who implements the project? Projects can be implemented by any contractor of your choice. The City’s engineering consultant can provide turn-key project implementation services for an additional fee. This can streamline the implementation and verification process.

What is the difference between this and an energy audit? Energy audits provide initial identification and assessment of potential energy efficiency projects at a facility. This Program combines that initial assessment with a detailed investigation of the opportunities, implementation support, and post-installation measurement and verification of the project. The Consultant can assist you through the entire process, offering technical and management support to overcome the typical hurdles of getting projects developed, approved, and installed. If your facility has already had an energy audit, the Consultant can use that as a starting point to further develop the potential projects and even identify additional opportunities as part of the Detailed Investigation.

How long does this all take? At a minimum, allow 4 to 8 weeks after the first site visit for the Consultant to perform an evaluation, depending on the size and complexity of the project. However, projects may be evaluated on an accelerated schedule based on project requirements and Consultants resource availability. Once the project is installed and operational, allow at least 4 to 6 weeks for the Consultant to complete its post-installation inspection and verification report. Once this report is issued, the incentive check usually follows within 45 days.

To get started, download the brochures or contact the City of Palo Alto Utility Marketing Services Group (650) 329-2241.

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Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017