Santa Clara Water & Sewer - Solar Water Heating Program (California)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name Santa Clara Water and Sewer - Solar Water Heating Program
Incentive Type Leasing Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Local Government, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Pool Heating, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Program Administrator City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utility

References DSIRE[1]


In 1975, the City of Santa Clara established the nation's first municipal solar utility. Under the Solar Water Heating Program, the Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utilities Department supplies, installs and maintains solar water heating systems for residents and businesses. In addition, the city has also installed solar energy equipment for a number of its own facilities.

Solar equipment is available from the city for heating swimming pools, process water and domestic hot water. The hardware (solar collectors, controls and storage tanks) is owned and maintained by the city under a rental agreement. The renter pays an initial installation fee and a monthly utility fee. For solar pool heating systems, the installation cost is $1,125 plus $50 per panel. For solar domestic hot water systems (multi-family), the amount varies; the typical installation fee for a system that serves 10 dwelling units is approximately $7,500. There is a monthly service charge for all systems based on the number of panels. Pool systems are billed a monthly service charge for six billing cycles per year (generally from April to September), although the system is available for use all year.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Solar Engineer
Department City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utility
Address 1500 Warburton Avenue
Place Santa Clara, California
Zip/Postal Code 95050
Phone (408) 615-2000


  • 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)"