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City of Palo Alto Utilities - Commercial and Non-Profit Efficiency Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/14/2013
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Steam-system upgrades, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Windows, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Vending Machine Controls, Personal Computing Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heaters, LED Lighting, , Server Virtualization
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit
Amount:$5,000 - $50,000
Maximum Incentive:$50,000
Terms:Rate: 0%
Repayment: Up to 60 months
Web Site:

City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) provides 0% loans to business and non-profit customers to offset the need for upfront energy efficiency investments in qualifying facilities. Loans are only provided to electric customers and natural gas projects do not qualify. Members have up to 5 years to repay loans, however repayment timelines are based upon the simple payback of the implemented measures. Loans from $5,000 -$50,000 are available for qualifying projects. Projects must also qualify for CPAU rebates which count against the total loan amount. Loans are available for lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, VFD's, insulation, steam upgrades, appliances, commercial cooking equipment and other measures. More information, including a list of qualifying measures and forms, can be found on the website listed above.

  City of Palo Alto Utilities
Commercial Financing
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (866) 716-9400
Fax: (650) 617-3142
Web Site:
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