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

Last DSIRE Review: 12/18/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, State Government, Installer/Contractor
Terms:20 years
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)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Utility
Program Budget:Up to 2 MW of projects for 2013
Start Date:4/2/2012
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Program Handbook

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.

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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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