Palo Alto - Solar Access (California)

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Last modified on May 24, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name Palo Alto - Solar Access
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2005-05-11

References DSIRE[1]


Palo Alto subdivision regulations require that all major subdivisions provide, to the extent feasible, for future passive or natural heating or cooling. The regulation also typically requires a tentative map with a list of which parcels have good potential for passive solar design residences.

Please also reference Guideline #6 on the Palo Alto Single Family Individual Review Guidelines. The Single Family Individual Review Guidelines address second-story issues specifically related to the relationship to adjacent properties and neighborhood patterns and do not apply to single story houses of first story additions.

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

Authority 1: Palo Alto Municipal Code Title 21, Chapter 12

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Lisa Grote
Department City of Palo Alto Utilities
Address 250 Hamilton Avenue
Place Palo Alto, California
Zip/Postal Code 94301
Phone (650) 329-2321


  • 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)"