PaloAltoGreen morphs to promote "green gas," following 10 years of encouraging generation of renewable electricity.

Nationally top-ranked, the PaloAltoGreen electric renewables program has over its 10 year history shown time and time again that Palo Altans can and will lead the way down the path to a totally sustainable future. Palo Alto was the first community in California to be certified as a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Over the years, PaloAltoGreen electric program participants supported wind and solar facilities throughout the state, including several local Palo Alto solar facilities (scroll down for details).

Now that the City of Palo Alto has chosen to purchase ONLY carbon-neutral electricity for everyone, the decision was made to terminate the residential PaloAltoGreen electric renewables option.  (The PaloAltoGreen electric renewables option is still available for commercial customers who want or need to participate in such a program for business reasons.)

Coming in Fall 2014!  New "green gas" option!

Palo Alto residents and businesses will soon have the chance to once again take a leadership role in the quest for making our city one of the most sustainable in the country.  By late Fall we will be offering "PaloAltoGreen Gas"---an optional new program where customers pay a small premium to have the carbon emissions generated by their natural gas use offset by projects that reduce carbon emissions.

More details will be available when the program is ready to launch---we are working hard right now setting everything up for you---but if you already know that you are interested and want to be sure to get notified as soon as enrollment is possible, send us an email and we'll put you on the "first notice" list.

Special notes for past
PaloAltoGreen electric program participants 

  • if you did not request to be removed from the program after it was suspended in September 2013, then you will be among the very first to be notified of the new PaloAltoGreen Gas option
  • if you participated in the program between January 2011 and September 2013 (when it was suspended), you will get a letter by early July informing you of a possible small credit you will receive on your July or August utilities bill; if you participated during this time period but have not received a letter by July 7th, please email us, giving your name, address and utilities account number.

More Questions?

Email us at or call (650) 329-2161 or stop by the 2nd floor Customer Service Center at City Hall. To see the Power Content Label for PaloAltoGreen, click here.

PaloAltoGreen electric program participants were supporting these wildlife-friendly solar facilities right here in Palo Alto: 

  • Municipal Service Center (MSC):   Located on East Bayshore Road off Highway 101, this 75 kilowatt project is notable because of its solar trackers, which follow the sun. This results in almost a 50% greater ability to capture solar energy than non-tracking projects nearby.
  • Cubberley Community Center:  The Cubberley Community Center, located in South Palo Alto, has been home to a wide variety of recreational activities for over 20 years. It is also the site of the largest of three city-funded solar projects. In 2008, a 117 kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system was installed to generate electricity and protect classrooms from sun and rain.
  • Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center:  Located amongst the salt marshes at the east end of Embarcadero Road, the Baylands Interpretive Center is home to a unique tidal and fresh water habitat as well as the City of Palo Alto’s third solar facility. Along with amazing bird watching, visitors can view the Center's rooftop solar panels using a submarine periscope.
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014