Rebates are still available for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on multifamily and commercial sites (served by electric rates E-2, E-4, or E-7). You can make your reservation as soon as you have a signed contract to purchase and install the PV system. Once the reservation is approved you have 12 months to install your system (or 24 months for new construction). Funding is first-come, first-served so apply early to reserve funds for your project.
Residential PV rebate funds were fully reserved in 2014. For information on the new group-buy discount solar program visitwww.cityofpaloalto.org/solar
The type of rebate payment is based on the PV system’s rated capacity in kilowatts- AC. If the system capacity is under 30 kW- AC, the rebate is paid as a single payment and is based on the system capacity rating. If the system is 30 kW-AC or larger, the rebate is paid monthly for 5 years as a performance based incentive which is calculated using the metered monthly PV energy production (measured in kilowatt-hours). Click here for the complete PV Partners Program Guidebook (July 2014)
CURRENT REBATE LEVELS AS OF 7/7/15
Customer Class (Electric Rate)
Remaining kW in Step
Current Standard Rebate ($/watt) for <30kW - AC
Current Performance Based Incentive ($/kWh) for ≥30kW AC
Small Commercial (E-2 or E-4)
10 (Last Step)
Large Commercial (E-7)
10 (Last Step)
How to Apply
CPAU’s version of PowerClerk is used to process PV Partners applications. This version is slightly different than the version used for the California Solar Initiative and requires CPAU’s approval of each user’s log in credentials.
Solar contractors may request a login password by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 Rate. Click here for CPAU’s Net Surplus Electricity Explanation Form and Rate.
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.