PV Partners

PV Partners Rebates 

4/22/16 Program Update: All PV Partners rebate funds have been fully reserved.

Applicants may request to be on the wait-list for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on multifamily and commercial sites (served by electric rates E-2, or E-4). You can apply to the wait-list as soon as you have a signed contract to purchase and install the PV system.

PV rebate funds for large commercial projects (served by electric rate E-7) were fully reserved in 2015.

PV rebate funds for residential projects were fully reserved in 2014. For information on residential solar click here.

How to Apply to the Wait-List (for sites served by rate E-2 or E-4 only)

Use CPAU’s version of PowerClerk to create your PV Partners Rebate Reservation and get the necessary signatures. PowerClerk is not able to accept any online submissions of the rebate reservation documents to the wait-list.

Please email the signed PV Partners Rebate Reservation along with the following documents: PV Purchase Contract, CPAU Bill , Energy Audit, Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Disclosure with the Benchmarking report (if applicable) to: pvpartners@cityofpaloalto.org.

For more information on benchmarking, visit Non-Residential Benchmarking Information.

Solar contractors may request a PowerClerk login password by sending an email to pvpartners@cityofpaloalto.org
Please include the following information with your request: Company name, mailing address, contact name, phone number, email address and the California contractor's license number, class and expiration date.

Solar Permitting and Interconnection

The City of Palo Alto Utilities requires a permit for PV system installations and expansions. The PV permit process is described on this PV permitting web page.

You will need to complete, sign and submit the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ Net Metering and Interconnection Agreement when you install a new PV system, add to an existing PV system, or open a new CPAU account for a home with an existing PV system.

Net Energy Metering and Billing for Solar Customers

Net Metering is a special billing arrangement for City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) customers with an approved Photovoltaic System (PV) interconnection. CPAU shall read the electric meter monthly and issue a monthly electric charge or credit per the applicable electric rate. Commercial rates are located here.

Monthly billing for solar customers is described in CPAU’s Net Metering Billing Explanation.

Annual Settlement: If a customer’s PV system has generated more electricity in a year than is consumed, the customer should make an election to determine whether to carry the net surplus electricity forward into the next settlement year, or to cash out using the Net Surplus Electricity Compensation Rate. To make an election, click here to download CPAU’s Net Surplus Electricity Election Form

Net Energy Metering Aggregation

Net Energy Metering Aggregation is available for a single CPAU account holder with multiple electric accounts for the same parcel or adjacent parcels who wishes to share the net metering bill credits from a single solar power installation across their eligible accounts. There are additional monthly charges for net metering aggregation. Please see the NEM Aggregation Rate, NEM Aggregation Agreement and Rule 29 for terms and conditions.
Last Updated: May 12, 2016