City of Palo Alto Utilities - New Construction Commercial Rebate Program

February 14, 2019


The City of Palo Alto's "Business New Construction Rebate Program" provides financial incentives for commercial, municipal, and school buildings built to the program's energy efficiency standards. To qualify for the new construction incentive, facilities must exceed the efficiency requirement set by Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations by at least 10%. For buildings that are 20% to 30% more efficient than Title 24, electric incentives are provided on a sliding scale (ex: 22.3% above Title 24 = $0.223/kWh saved; 26.4% above Title 24 = $0.264/kWh; etc.). Buildings that are more than 30% more efficient than Title 24 requirements will be provided rebates of $0.30/kWh saved. Natural Gas Rebates are a flat $1.00/ first year therm savings for projects that are 10% more efficient than Title 24. Total incentive is capped at $150,000 per project.

 For more information, including program applications and access to Palo Alto green building ordinances, visit the utility's website or contact Palo Alto.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Palo Alto
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
Incentive Amount: Electric Rebates
10% - 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.10 - $0.30/first year kWh savings
Greater than 30% More Efficient Than Title 24: $0.30/first year kWh savings

Gas Rebates
Greater than 10% more Efficient Than Title 24: $1.00/ first year therm savings

Maximum Incentive: $150,000


Name: Ricardo A. Sfeir
Organization: BASE Energy, Inc.
Address: 5 Third Street Suite 630
San Francisco CA 94103
Phone: (415) 543-1600

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.