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 June 2015, 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.
|Incentive Type:||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Administrator:||City of Palo Alto Utilities|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||Solar Photovoltaics|
|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|
|Sectors:||Commercial, Industrial, State Government, Installers/Contractors|
|Parameters:||The incentive is 0.17 $/kWh (20 years)|
|Name:||Utility Marketing Services|
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Palo Alto CA 94301
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.
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