City of Palo Alto Utilities - Solar Water Heating Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Palo Alto, California

Name City of Palo Alto Utilities - Solar Water Heating Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Residential, Residential, New Construction or Retrofit applications are eligible.
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
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







Equipment Requirements 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.






Installation Requirements Systems must be installed by a contractor with an active A, B, c-4, C-36 or C-46 license. Self-installers are not required to be licensed, but must attend a one-day training workshop. Contractors are also required to attend the one-day training workshop.


Maximum Incentive 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 Administrator Center for Sustainable Energy
Website http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/SWH
Date added to DSIRE 2008-05-19
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-18
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2012-10-18


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

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.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name City of Palo Alto Utilities SWH Program
Department c/o California Center for Sustainable Energy

Address 8690 Balboa Ave, Suite 100

Place San Diego, California
Zip/Postal Code 92123
Phone (866) 611-CPAU


Email swhp@cityofpaloalto.org
Website http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/SWH
     
     


















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

References

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