prescriptive rebates: commercial advantage program


The City of Palo Alto Utilities (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.

Custom Rebate



  • 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.



  • 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.