News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Alta Torre Development Receives City of Palo Alto’s First Commercial Solar Water Heating Rebate
Contact : Joyce Kinnear, Manager, Utilities Marketing Services, Utilities    650-329-2652
Lindsay Joye, Utilities Marketing Engineer, Utilities    650-329-2680
Palo Alto's first rebate under the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) Department’s commercial solar water heating (SWH) rebate program was awarded to Alta Torre, a development of BRIDGE Housing Corporation.

"Our solar thermal rebate program is available to businesses that want to heat water cheaply and go green at the same time," said Joyce Kinnear, Utility Marketing Services Manager for CPAU. “Facilities with a need for a lot of heated water or with heated pools would also be good candidates for this energy efficient technology.”

According to Lindsay Joye, CPAU Marketing Engineer for the SWH program, rebates for solar water heating system amounts will vary based on projected system hot water production. The rating of a solar water heating system is developed by analyzing the location, shading and other factors. The maximum CPAU rebate for a commercial system is $75,000.

The $22.9 million Alta Torre project is a 56-unit apartment complex for low-income senior citizens. It is part of a larger 12-acre mixed-use redevelopment of the former Sun Microsystems headquarters in south Palo Alto.

The $19,104 rebate helped pay for 24 solar water heating collectors with the capacity of heating approximately 1,000 gallons a day of hot water, enough to serve about 70 people and significantly reduce the community’s energy costs. The system is expected to save more than 3,450 therms of natural gas, or approximately $5,700 per year in natural gas expense.

“The CPAU rebate helped BRIDGE implement solar water heating at Alta Torre,” said Kristy Wang, BRIDGE project manager. “In addition to providing environmental benefits, the system will contribute to lower operating costs, which helps keep these apartments affordable for low-income seniors.”

In addition to SWH rebates for commercial users, CPAU also provides SWH rebates to residential customers for up to $1,500 per home. As an added benefit, commercial and residential SWH systems are currently eligible for a 30 percent federal income tax credit.

 To learn about solar water heating technology and CPAU rebates look online at  or call the program manager toll free at (866) 611-CPAU (2728).