Palo Alto actively supports the maximum economic use of:
Photovoltaic (PV) solar electric energy as a renewable supply resource for the Electric Utility
PV solar electric energy as an alternative form of local power generation
Solar thermal energy for space heating, space cooling and water heating in local buildings
New solar pv programs under development: Palo Alto is joining Foster City in developing a Solar Group-Buy program which is expected to launch in the spring of 2015. Under a group-buy program, residents register during the enrollment period to get a discounted price for a solar PV system for their home. For more information, please click here to read the informational report. More information will be posted on this page when the program is launched. Sign up for email notifications of new programs using this link.
New Solar Street Light Pilot:Come view the solar panels installed on nine El Camino Real street lights between Park Ave. and Embarcadero Road. This six-month pilot will help to transform our streetlights into a network of distributed solar power generating assets and will increase Palo Alto's renewable energy production at no cost to the City. Please click here to get the project details, view the live solar energy production and take the survey to provide your feedback.
Local solar plan: On April 21, 2014 the Palo Alto City Council approved a resolution to establish the Local Solar Plan to increase the installation of local solar photovoltaic facilities in order to provide 4 percent of the City’s total energy needs by 2023. Future programs under evaluation include a Community Solar Program, Group-Buy solar discount program and a solar donation program.
Rebates: Are still available for PV systems installed on non-residential Palo Alto facilities. Customers get rebates from the utilities department for the system installation and then they continue to receive ongoing benefits from the system through net metering. (Net metering allows the meter to run backwards when the system produces more electricity than the customer uses.) Local generation: Large in-town systems to provide electric generation directly to the utility. Palo Alto's CLEAN (or feed in tariff) program, offers commercial generators the option of signing a long-term contract to sell the renewable energy to the utility as it is produced. How many so far? View a chart showing the number of solar installations in Palo Alto, by quarter, since 1999.