Palo Alto Unanimously Approves Feed-In Tariff for Renewables
The City will purchase locally-produced solar energy at a fixed rate of 14 cents per kilowatt-hour for 20 years.
During this year’s pilot stage, the City is targeting 4 megawatts (MW) of solar on systems 100 kilowatts or more.
Craig Lewis, Executive Director of Clean Coalition which is located in Palo Alto and designs renewable energy policy and programs across the U.S., calls it the best clean energy program he’s seen to date.
They are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the world’s wind power and 90% of the world’s solar.
Last year, a utility in Indiana began a hugely successful pilot program and Japan began formulating their program today.
The UK initiated the world’s first feed-in for solar heat and Malaysia, Ontario, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and Uganda all have feed-in tariffs.
The Clean Coalition offers a Local CLEAN Program Guide, which provides best practices on how communities can design and implement feed-in tariffs.
Here’s Palo Alto’s program: