Palo Alto CLEAN

Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) is a program to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy generation systems located in CPAU’s service territory, which coincides with the city boundaries. Programs like this, known in the industry as "feed-in tariff" programs, involve a utility paying a fixed price (tariff) for the power that is "fed into" their electric grid from local generation systems.

Program Update

On February 6, 2017 the Palo Alto City Council approved minor changes to Palo Alto CLEAN. CPAU is currently offering to purchase the output of new renewable electric generation systems located in Palo Alto at the following prices: 1) for solar energy resources: 16.5 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh) for a 20-year or 25-year contract term until the subscribed capacity reaches 3 MW – after that the price will drop to 8.9 ¢/kWh for a 20-year contract term, or 9.1 ¢/kWh for a 25-year contract term; and 2) for non-solar eligible renewable energy resources: 8.4 ¢/kWh for a 20-year contract term and 8.5 ¢/kWh for a 25-year contract term. The program no longer has a total participation cap for either solar or non-solar eligible renewable energy resources. There is also no minimum or maximum size for individual projects. Applications will be accepted in the order received. Please see the Program Handbook and Application Package below for more details.

Current Program Status

  • 1.41 MW CEC-AC of capacity is currently available for solar resources at the 16.5 ¢/kWh contract price. Five applications (totaling 1.59 MW CEC-AC) are in process. (Updated 5/9/17)
  • Applications may be submitted by e-mail only. Send your application to PAClean@cityofpaloalto.org
  • Applications will be accepted in the order received.
  • Please carefully review the Program Handbook to understand the application rules, particularly Section 2.  In the event the program is oversubscribed, failing to submit all necessary information may mean you do not receive a contract. 

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