City of Palo Alto Utilities - New Construction Commercial Rebate Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name City of Palo Alto Utilities - New Construction Commercial Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Electric Rebates

20% - 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.20 - $0.30/kWh saved
Greater than 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.30/kWh saved

Gas Rebates
Greater than 20% more Efficient Than Title 24: $1/therm saved

Systems Approach
Electric: $0.10/kWh saved
Gas: $1/therm saved

Maximum Incentive Commercial Buildings: $150,000

City/School Buildings: $200,000

Date added to DSIRE 2009-07-22
Last DSIRE Review 2012-05-29
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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 20%. 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. The "Systems Approach" provides rebates based on Palo Alto's custom rebate program, and is applicable to facilities that exceed Title 24 by at least 15%. For more information, including program applications and access to Palo Alto green building ordinances, visit the utility's website or contact Palo Alto.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name City of Palo Alto Utilities
Department Utility Marketing Services

Address PO Box 10250

Place Palo Alto, California
Zip/Postal Code 94303
Phone (650) 329-2241


  • 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)"