Commercial Advantage Program

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The Commercial Advantage Program is an energy efficiency incentive program for commercial, industrial, and public sector customers of the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU). Upgrade your facility with more efficient equipment and receive rebates from CPAU.

Energy Efficient Equipment Helps Businesses

  • Use less energy
  • Lower facility's utility bills
  • Reduce a business's carbon footprint 


CPAU Offers Two Types of Efficient Equipment Rebates

Prescriptive Rebates

CPAU provides prescriptive rebates to commercial customers retrofitting their facilities with a wide range of energy-efficient equipment.  All rebate amounts are listed in the Commercial Rebate Catalog.

Rebate Catalog

If measures listed in the rebate catalogue do not fit your project requirements, you may apply for a custom rebate.

Eligibility

  • Must be a business in Palo Alto that receives utility service from CPAU.
  • Must apply and be approved prior to purchasing equipment.
  • Must be a retrofit (i.e., new construction projects are not eligible).
  • Equipment must be listed in the Rebate Catalog.

How To Apply

  • Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • Locate and read specifications for product(s) for which you are applying in the Rebate Catalog.
  • Complete and send Rebate Application to CPAU. Contact CPAU to schedule a pre-installation inspection.
  • CPAU will issue a notice of approval.
  • Order, purchase and install equipment within six months of approval.
  • Within 90 days of purchase, send Proof of Purchase and supporting documentation to CPAU.
  • Contact CPAU to schedule a post-installation inspection to verify products or equipment.

More details of the application process as well as the terms and conditions.

Custom Rebates

The CPAU custom rebate option is available for retrofit energy projects that do not qualify for prescriptive rebates. Qualifying projects include replacements such as controls or modifications to air conditioning systems which result in verifiable electric and/or natural gas savings.

Specifications

  • Electric customer rebate – Ten cents ($0.10) per kWh saved for the first year.
  • Natural gas customer rebate – One dollar ($1.00) per therm saved for the first year.
  • Rebates are subject to change based on CPAU’s verification of project energy savings.
  • See full Program Details and Specifications.

Eligibility

  • Project estimate must show verifiable electric and/or natural gas savings. A professional engineer must estimate the project energy savings.
  • Lighting projects must use the CPAU lighting calculator for energy saving calculations and must meet specific technology requirements. Learn more about Lighting Technology Requirements.
  • Only retrofit projects for existing operating equipment qualify.
  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) require the use of the CPAU VFD calculator for energy savings calculations.

How To Apply

  • Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • Identify your project and have the energy savings calculations stamped by a licensed engineer.
  • Before purchase, order, and installation of any equipment, complete Commercial Advantage Rebate Application and attach your stamped Custom Rebate savings report.
  • Contact CPAU to schedule a pre-installation inspection of existing equipment.
  • CPAU will issue a notice of approval.
  • Once approved, order, purchase, and install equipment within six months.
  • Within 90 days of purchase, send Proof of Purchase and supporting documentation to CPAU.
  • Contact CPAU once project is complete to schedule post-installation inspection.

Read on for full details of the application process as well as the terms and conditions.