Residential Solar

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 residents, contractors and others looking to learn more or install a home solar photovoltaic (PV) system and/or a solar water heating system. Read on to learn how solar energy can help meet your home-energy needs.

Solar PV Systems

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

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Solar Water Heating Systems

Solar water heating (SWH) systems use the sun's energy to heat water for your use. Typically, these systems include solar collectors, storage tanks and a backup water heater. CPAU offers rebates for qualifying SWH systems installed by a contractor on Palo Alto's list of eligible SWH contractors.


  To view Frequently Asked Questions, visit our Solar FAQ page.

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