Small residential systems require 2 inspections: one for Utilities Interconnection and one for PV permit approval
Large residential and all commercial systems require 3 inspections for PV permit approval, and one for utilities Interconnection.
Call (650) 496-6978 to schedule the Palo Alto Utilities Electric Meter Shop inspection. (You may be able to schedule this Utilities inspection at the same time as the final Building Dept. PV inspection by calling at least 3 work days ahead.)
Call (650) 329-2496 to schedule the Palo Alto Building Dept. inspections, including the Final PV Inspection.
Please note: the Palo Alto Building Inspector issues the interconnection approval (also known as permission to operate) at the final inspection. You can view your permit status in the online permit system ACCELA. (Select "Building" from top menu, enter address or permit number into search boxes, then select the link for the relevant PV permit number, select "Records Info" tab, then "Inspections", and look for the approval date for inspection code "703 Photovoltaic Final")
Annual Settlement for Net Energy Metering: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.