City of Palo Alto - Solar Access

July 12, 2021


Palo Alto subdivision regulations require that subdivisions provide a tentative map with a list of which parcels have good potential for passive solar design residences. (Ord. 3577 § 8,1984)

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: Palo Alto Municipal Code Title 21, Chapter 12
Date Enacted: 10/15/1984


Name: Lisa Grote
Organization: City of Palo Alto Utilities
Address: 250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto CA 94301
Phone: (650) 329-2321

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.