City of Palo Alto Utilities - Commercial and Non-Profit Efficiency Loan Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California
Additional Place applies to City of Palo Alto Utilities
Name City of Palo Alto Utilities - Commercial and Non-Profit Efficiency Loan Program (California)
Incentive Type Utility Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Clothes Washers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Compressed air, Custom/Others pending approval, Dehumidifiers, Dishwasher, Duct/Air sealing, Equipment Insulation, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Refrigerators, Siding, Steam-system upgrades, Water Heaters, Windows, Commercial Cooking Equipment, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting, Power Controls for Networked PC's, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount $5,000 - $50,000

Maximum Incentive $50,000

Terms Rate: 0%

Repayment: Up to 60 months

Program Administrator City of Palo Alto Utilities

Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-16
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) provides 0% loans to business and non-profit customers to offset the need for upfront energy efficiency investments in qualifying facilities. Loans are only provided to electric customers and natural gas projects do not qualify. Members have up to 5 years to repay loans, however repayment timelines are based upon the simple payback of the implemented measures. Loans from $5,000 -$50,000 are available for qualifying projects. Projects must also qualify for CPAU rebates which count against the total loan amount. Loans are available for lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, VFD's, insulation, steam upgrades, appliances, commercial cooking equipment and other measures. More information, including a list of qualifying measures and forms, can be found on the website listed above.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name City of Palo Alto Utilities
Department Commercial Financing

Address 250 Hamilton Avenue

Place Palo Alto, California
Zip/Postal Code 94301
Phone (866) 716-9400
Phone 2 (650) 617-3142


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"