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City of Palo Alto Utilities - Solar Water Heating Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Maximum Rebate 

Single-family residential gas-displacing systems: $2,719
Single-family residential electricity or propane-displacing systems: $1,834

Commercial/Industrial/Multi-family: $100,000
One contractor can have no more than $150,000 in incentive reservations at any given time.

Program Info
State 
California
Program Type 
Utility Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Single-family residential gas-displacing systems: $18.59 per therm displaced
Single-family residential electricity or propane-displacing systems: $$0.54 per kWh displaced

Multi-family and commercial gas-displacing systems: $14.53 per therm displaced
Single-family residential electricity or propane-displacing systems: $$0.42 per kWh displaced

Provider 
c/o California Center for Sustainable Energy

City of Palo Alto Utilities is offering incentives for their residential, commercial and industrial customers to install solar water heating systems on their homes and facilities with a goal of 1,000 new systems in the city by 2020. Incentives are based on the estimated energy savings. Single-family residential incentives are capped at $2,719 for gas-displacing systems and $1,834 for electricity or propane-displacing systems. Commercial installations are capped at $100,000.

Other Information 

Single-family residential: Systems must have SRCC OG-300 certification.
Larger projects: Collectors must have SRCC OG-100 certification.
All systems must have a minimum of a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on the solar collector(s), minimum of 1-year and up to 5-years based on manufacturer’s warranty on the individual balance of system components, and 1-year warranty on installation labor and workmanship.