Install solar power on your home and lower your electric utility bills!
Going solar is cheaper than ever and there is a 30% Federal tax credit to help make it more affordable.
You can either purchase your solar system or take advantage of a solar lease and pay monthly with little up-front cost.
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 our PV permitting web page.
Beginning November 14, 2016, new solar permit applicants should apply for a Net Energy Metering Reservation as soon as the purchase contract has been signed. For more information visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/NEMReservation.
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. Residential rates are located here.