4/25/16 UPDATE

As of 4/21/16, all PV Partners rebate funds have been fully reserved.

Applications for small and medium commercial projects for sites served on electric rate E-2 or E4 will be placed on a wait-list. Wait-listed projects will be notified if funds are available from any project cancellations.

For Palo Alto solar programs, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/solar


  1. Please refer to the PV Partners website for current rebate levels, program materials, and related information.
  2. To begin the online application, the applicant must contact CPAU to get a login password. The applicant may be the seller, installer, project developer, or a designated representative. Send an email to pvpartners@cityofpaloalto.org with the following information: Company name, mailing address, contact name, phone number, email address and the California contractor's license number, class and expiration date
  3. The applicant completes the online application and uploads or mails the necessary attachments.
  4. PowerClerk will allow the applicant to see the impact of PV system design and orientation on the estimated annual energy production, and the estimated incentive payment.
  5. Once CPAU has received and approved the completed application package, the applicant will receive a confirmed reservation notice.

Entering Shading into PowerClerk: Use this link to get instructions for entering shading information from a Solar Pathfinder™ or the Sometric SunEye™.

PV Partners Links:

CPAU Contact Information

Phone: (650) 329-2241


Mailing Address:
City of Palo Alto Utilities
PV Partners
PO Box 10250
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Getting Started With Solar

Energy Efficiency Audit: Right-Size Your System
Making your home or business energy efficient before you install solar is an essential first step and can lower your solar electric system installation cost. To qualify for a PV Partners incentive you will need to complete an energy audit. Residents can use the free On-line Energy Audit. Commercial customers may use a qualified consulting firm to benchmark their building using Portfolio Manager.

Select the Right Solar Contractor
Licensed contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business. Typically, the Solar Contractor will apply for the PV Partners Incentive on your behalf and arrange for your system to be interconnected to the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU). The Solar Contractor may also apply for local permits. You can search a list of Solar Contractors online at: www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database/search-new.php. Searching for a Solar Contractor by zip code is the fastest way to find a Solar Contractor closest to you, although any licensed contractor may work on your project. Solar Contractors typically provide free site evaluations, comprehensive quotes and payback information. A Solar Contractor should be able to evaluate factors that will affect your PV system performance, such as the roof size, orientation (tilt and direction) of the system, shading and other factors. You will want to contact at least three Solar Contractors to help ensure you receive the most competitive bid for your project. It is customary for a Solar Contractor to visit your home to help you plan the location and size of your system, as well as choose the incentive type best for you. You can verify the Solar Contractor has a valid contractor’s license by contacting the Contractors State License Board (www.cslb.ca.gov) or call 1-800-321-2752.

Apply for Incentives using PowerClerk Online Application