Solar energy is a clean, renewable resource that can efficiently heat water and provide electric power. The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) offers a variety of informative resources to residents and businesses interested in solar energy. 
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Commit to clean energy by making your home resilient to climate change


October 2020 For the sixth year in a row, the City of Palo Alto is participating in Bay Area SunShares, a solar group-buy program available to residents of nine Bay Area counties, offering discounts on solar and battery storage from vetted contractors. 

Register before November 30th! 

Sign your solar contract by December 31, 2020 to take advantage of program discounts. To learn more, visit or contact










City of Palo Alto and HP Inc. Complete One of the Largest Solar Array Projects


September 2019. The project combines rooftop and carport solar photovoltaic (PV) systems containing 3,372 solar panels which are projected to generate 2,355 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy. That is equivalent to enough electricity to power 263 average Palo Alto homes for a year. The system is expected to offset 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide; a significant commitment to protecting the environment. To learn more, read the News Release Announcement.




Utility-Scale Solar Meets One-Third of Palo Alto's Electricity Needs


July 2018Palo Alto has contracts with six large-scale solar generation facilities in California, five of which are online and operational and a sixth that is scheduled to come online in 2021.  Learn more about Palo Alto’s large-scale solar projects.




To view Frequently Asked Questions, visit our Solar FAQ page


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