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City of Palo Alto Utilities - PV Partners

Local Government
Savings Category 
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

Incentives available for first 1 MW

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

Systems less than 30kW: Rebate varies depending on customer class; based on CEC AC watts.
Systems 30 kW and larger: Performance-based incentive (PBI), based on actual monthly energy produced (kWh) for 60 month term.
For current rebate levels, visit the program website below.


Note: Funds for residential and large commercial rebates have been fully reserved. Rebates are no longer available for residential systems or large commercial systems. 

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) PV Partners Program offers incentives to customers that install qualifying PV systems. The program, which has a budget of approximately $13 million over 10 years, is divided into 10 steps (residential incentives have 12 steps), each funded at $1.3 million. 

Incentive levels as of 3/11/2016 are described below. For current levels, consult the program web site above.

  • Small/Medium Commercial (Rate E-2, E-4) <30 kW: $1.20/watt AC
  • Small/Medium Commercial (Rate E-2, E-4) 30 kW and greater: PBI $0.15/kilowatt-hour (kWh) for 60 months