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City of Palo Alto Utilities - New Construction Commercial Rebate Program

Local Government
Savings Category 
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Maximum Rebate 


Program Info
Sector Name 
City of Palo Alto
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Electric Rebates
10% - 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.10 - $0.30/first year kWh savings
Greater than 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.30/first year kWh savings

Gas Rebates
Greater than 10% more Efficient Than Title 24: $1.00/ first year therm savings


The City of Palo Alto's "Business New Construction Rebate Program" provides financial incentives for commercial, municipal, and school buildings built to the program's energy efficiency standards. To qualify for the new construction incentive, facilities must exceed the efficiency requirement set by Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations by at least 10%. For buildings that are 20% to 30% more efficient than Title 24, electric incentives are provided on a sliding scale (ex: 22.3% above Title 24 = $0.223/kWh saved; 26.4% above Title 24 = $0.264/kWh; etc.). Buildings that are more than 30% more efficient than Title 24 requirements will be provided rebates of $0.30/kWh saved. Natural Gas Rebates are a flat $1.00/ first year therm savings for projects that are 10% more efficient than Title 24. Total incentive is capped at $150,000 per project.

 For more information, including program applications and access to Palo Alto green building ordinances, visit the utility's website or contact Palo Alto.