Commercial Solar

Is your business or organization interested in solar PV or solar water heating? Start here.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is a trusted, unbiased source of information for commercial customers looking to learn more or install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system and/or a solar water heating system. Read on to learn how CPAU can help your business take advantage of solar energy.


Solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric systems convert sunlight into electricity for your building. Whether you are just starting to consider solar PV, are an existing solar customer or are a contractor working with a Palo Alto business, we have the resources for you.



Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) is a program to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy generation systems located in CPAU’s service territory, which coincides with the city boundaries. Programs like this, known in the industry as "feed-in tariff" programs, involve a utility paying a fixed price (tariff) for the power that is "fed into" their electric grid from local generation systems. Visit our Palo Alto CLEAN webpage for more information. 

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