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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Utilities Ranks 3rd in Solar Energy National Survey
Contact : Valerie Fong, Utilities Director, Utilities    650-329-2277
Lindsay Joye, Marketing Engineer, Utilities    650-329-2680
Palo Alto, CA - The City of Palo Alto Utilities successful solar electric or photovoltaic program, PV Partners, made the Solar Electric Power Association's Top Ten list for the second year in a row! The report, released late last week, identifies U.S. utilities with the most solar electricity in their portfolio and is based on the "2008 Utility Solar Electric Survey" completed by 92 utility companies.

Palo Alto made a number of the nationally-ranked top ten lists including these highlighted categories:

  • #2 in the nation for customer-owned PV system watts per customer for systems installed in 2008.
  • #3 for total PV system watts per customer for systems installed in 2008.
  • #5 for total PV system watts per customer for cumulative systems installed through 2008.
“Given that we are a small, city-owned utility, I’m very proud of our rankings,” said Valerie Fong, Director of City of Palo Alto Utilities. “We encourage more people to use solar energy by installing either a photovoltaic system or a solar water heating system and getting rebates through our PV Partners or Solar Water Heating Programs.”

The PV Partners program offers customers a rebate when they install local solar electric generation ( The Solar Water Heating program provides rebates for installation of a system that heats water through the power of the sun (

 "Investing in non-fossil fuel energy sources is an important part of investing in an environmentally and economically sustainable future for our community,” said Fong.

Besides solar energy, the utility also purchases other renewable energy resources such as wind and hydroelectric power to supplement the City’s energy needs. Serving the community since 1896, the City of Palo Alto Utilities provides its customers with sustainable choices at competitive rates (

The Solar Electric Power Association is a non-profit organization with over 500 members with mission is to facilitate the use of solar energy (