Solar in Palo Alto

Solar energy in Palo Alto

Solar energy is a clean, renewable resource that can efficiently provide electric power and hot water. The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) offers a variety of programs, rebates, and informative resources to residents and businesses interested in solar energy.


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Learn more about solar in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto Utilities supports the growth of solar resources for residents, businesses, and in the City's energy portfolio. Read our Frequently Asked Questions to dive deeper into the ways solar energy fits into Palo Alto's power resources, efficiency programs and city planning.


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Utility-Scale Solar Meets One-Third of Palo Alto’s Electricity Needs Palo Alto Participating in Solar Group-Buy Program for Fourth Year Palo Alto Received Top Award for Climate Leadership

July 2018. Palo 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. 

August 2018. The Bay Area SunShares solar group-buy program offers discounted pricing from vetted solar contractors to residents of nine Bay Area counties. Registration opened August 1 and closes November 30, 2018. Learn more by visiting our Sunshares page, or register for SunShares.

September 2017. Palo Alto was recognized by the League of California Cities for achievements including greenhouse gas emissions reductions and natural gas savings. To learn more, read the News Release Announcement.  

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