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.
Check out our new solar PV calculator to see if solar PV makes sense for your home!
Enter your address and monthly electric consumption to see the costs and benefits of adding solar to your Palo Alto home (CPAU WattPlan calculator link).
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.