City of Palo Alto Utilities - Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name City of Palo Alto Utilities - Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now)
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, State Government, Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 0.165/kWh

Eligible System Size No minimum or maximum project size
Equipment Requirements All energy must be delivered to the utility (none may be used on-site)
Start Date 2012-04-02

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Utility

Program Budget Up to 2 MW of projects for 2013

Terms 20 years
Program Administrator City of Palo Alto Utilities

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Note: Palo Alto City Council approved a proposal to extend and amend this program in December 2012. The new changes took effect on January 2, 2013. The utility will accept applications for the CLEAN program at the start of every month. Contracts will be awarded on a monthly basis at the end of every month throughout 2013 until it has awarded contracts to a total of 2 megawatts (MW) of projects.

City Palo Alto Utility's Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) program provides fixed payments for electricity produced by approved photovoltaic systems over a fixed period of time. This type of program is commonly referred to as a feed-in tariff. Originally, the program allowed participants to choose between 10-year, 15-year and 20-year contracts. As of January 2, 2013, the only option is a 20-year contract for a price of $0.165 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

There is no minimum or maximum system size to participate. The solar generating facility may be located anywhere in Palo Alto city limits as long as it complies with all City codes and interconnection requirements. Systems may be ground-mounted, roof-mounted, or mounted on carports, though the utility recommends investigating the codes and requirements applicable to the site prior to submitting an application.

Applicants must submit a reservation deposit of $20 per kW. Winning projects will have one year to complete construction. If the project is completed within the year, the deposit will be returned to the applicant. Projects that take longer to become operational may sacrifice a portion of their deposit.

See the program web site listed above for more information on this program.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Utility Marketing Services
Department City of Palo Alto Utilities
Address 250 Hamilton Avenue
Place Palo Alto, California
Zip/Postal Code 94301
Phone (650) 329-2241


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Program Handbook
Date Effective 2013-01-02

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


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