Get a Snapshot View of Your Solar Options
Use CPAU's Solar Calculator Tool to get an estimate of savings you could realize by installing a rooftop solar system and to compare your solar financing options side by side. Results are based on your rooftop characteristics, your electricity use, CPAU electricity rates and available tax credits and rebates.
Evaluate Your Electricity Needs
Installing rooftop solar is a big investment. When sizing your system, it's important to think about how your electricity needs may change over time. CPAU's Home Efficiency Genie offers free phone-based advice on topics that impact your electricity needs, like home efficiency upgrades, EV charging stations and new technologies for space and water heating with high-efficiency electric appliances. Call the Genie at (650) 713-3411.
The City also has online resources for electric vehicles and heat pump water heaters.
Find a Solar Contractor
The City of Palo Atlo Utilities (CPAU) recommends that you get at least three bids from experienced contractors, all with the same project specifications. Ask friends and utilize neighborhood networks to find out which solar contractors have experience installing systems in Palo Alto.
Selecting the right contractor is one of the most important decisions you make during the rooftop solar installation process. Here are some tips and resources to help you find, compare, and select the right contractor for your project.
Before choosing a rooftop solar contractor or signing a solar contract, read through these tips and guidelines.
Tips for Choosing a Solar Contractor
Select, Sign and Install
Once you sign your solar contract, your solar contractor will guide you through the installation process. Most solar contractors manage the City's solar permitting process for their customers. After your system passes final inspection and you have permission to operate, your utility bill will reflect that you are a solar customer.