City of Palo Alto Utilities - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

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Savings Category: 
Clothes Washers
Equipment Insulation
Water Heaters
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Heat Pumps
Air conditioners
Motor VFDs
Custom/Others pending approval
Food Service Equipment
Commercial Cooking Equipment
LED Lighting
Tankless Water Heater
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Program Info
Sector Name: 
Utility Marketing Services
Program Type: 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount: 

Commercial Advantage Program
Dishwasher: $200 - $1,000/unit
Clothes Washer: $400/unit
Ozone Washer: $39/pound
Heat Pump Water Heater: $300/unit
Tankless Water Heater: $1.00 - $1.50/MBtuh
Gas Storage Water Heaters: $1.50/MBtuh
Boiler: $1.00 - $2.00/MBtuh
Commercial Steam Trap: $50/unit
Pipe Insulation: $2.00 - $8.00/linear foot
Commercial pool and spa heater: $2.00/MBtuh
HVAC: under custom rebate process, see website
Chillers: under custom rebate process, see website
Refrigeration Equipment: varies
Oven: $300 - $2,000/unit
Fryer: $200 - $750/unit
Griddle: $300/unit
Steam Cooker: $1,250 - $2,000/unit
Ice Machine: $100 - $350/unit
Insulating Cabinets: $200 - $300/unit
Exhaust Hood Control System: $350/fan horse power
Lighting: under custom rebate process, see website

Custom Rebate:
Electric: $0.10/first year KWh savings
Natural Gas: $1.00/first year therm savings
Custom Rebate capped at 50% of total project cost
The Custom Rebate may be used in place of a prescriptive rebate when the custom rebate amount is at a minimum 10% greater than the prescriptive rebate mount.


City of Palo Alto Utilities, through the Commercial Advantage Program, provides incentives for commercial customers to replace old equipment with new, more efficient equipment. Eligible businesses must receive electric service from the CPAU. In order to receive a rebate, your application must be accepted before purchasing your equipment in addition to a pre-installation site inspection.

More information, including a list of qualifying products, specifications, and forms, can be found on the website listed above.

City of Palo Alto Utilities also offers commercial water programs to help with the reduction of water usage.