Business Electrification Technical Assistance Program
Are you looking for ways to shift away from fossil fuels? The Business Electrification Technical Assistance Program assists non-residential City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) customers with conversion of gas equipment to efficient electric alternatives at their offices or facilities. By signing up for the Business Electrification Technical Assistance Program, you will receive:
- Free consultation and on-site assessments to identify electrification opportunities relevant to your business and facilities
- Help finding qualified contractors for project upgrades
- Rebates for eligible products to help offset project costs
Benefits of Participation
Property owners, managers, tenants, and others can enjoy many benefits from the program, including:
- Generous rebates to offset the costs of electrification projects: CPAU Deemed Rebate List for eligible products (PDF)
- Improved health and comfort for business occupants and tenant retention
- Increased sustainability through conserving natural resources and reducing emissions
How to Qualify
- You need to be a non-residential customer who receives utility service from CPAU (i.e., must pay commercial rates for electric and/or gas utility services)
- Your facility is currently in operation
How to Participate
A dedicated Energy Advisor will identify electrification opportunities for your business and guide you through the implementation process from start to finish.
1. Get a Free Phone Consultation with an Energy Advisor
Complete the intake form below and an Energy Advisor from CLEAResult will contact you within 3 business days to discuss your electrification goals.
Sign Up for the Business Electrification Technical Assistance Program
2. Get an Electrification Assessment
After your initial phone consultation, your Energy Advisor will ask you to sign a Program Participation Agreement to schedule an in-person or virtual Electrification Assessment. A trained energy professional will evaluate where your business can benefit from electrification by identifying gas equipment that is ready to be replaced and confirm whether your electric panel can support new and efficient electric alternatives. Each in-person or virtual Electrification Assessment includes the evaluation of your business' equipment such as heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems, hot water systems, cooking equipment and pool/spa heating equipment.
3. Review Assessment Report with an Energy Advisor
Your Energy Advisor will review your customized report findings, including a comprehensive summary of findings with electrification upgrade recommendations. You'll receive unbiased advice to better understand the report and help with prioritizing your recommended upgrades based on input, budget, payback and your goals.
4. Start Your Upgrade Project
Once you decide to move forward with the recommended projects from your assessment and the projects are approved, you can get started on the installation using any contractor of your choice. An Energy Advisor can also help you find qualified contractors for project upgrades and review and compare bids from contractors.
5. Receive Your Rebate
After installation, staff will verify the completed project at your facility and confirm the rebate amount. Once approved, CPAU will issue you a rebate within 2–3 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do electrification projects cost?
Costs can vary depending on the size and scope of the project. Upfront costs can be offset with rebates.
Do you offer financing?
Your Energy Advisor will help you explore financing options.
What is electrification?
Electrification refers to the process of replacing technologies that use fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) with technologies that use electricity as a source of energy. Electrification is a key strategy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Looking for other ways to to make your business more efficient and lower your utility bill?
Begin with the Business Energy Advisor as the gateway to all energy and water efficiency options from City of Palo Alto Utilities.