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Solar Electric Incentive Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Federal Government
Agricultural
Multifamily Residential
Low Income Residential
Institutional
Savings Category 
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

Varies (see below)

Program Info
Sector Name 
State
Administrator 
Energy Trust of Oregon
Funding Source 

Public Benefits Fund

State 
Oregon
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Varies (see below)

Summary 

Energy Trust of Oregon’s Solar Electric Incentive Program, launched in May 2003, is available to customers of Pacific Power and PGE who install new photovoltaic (PV) systems on new or existing homes, commercial and community buildings, farms, and municipal facilities. Energy Trust allocates solar incentives into steps, such that when funding in a given allocation is fully subscribed, the incentive amount steps down. A status report with current funding allocations and availability is available on Energy Trust's website. Incentive amounts as of January 2016 are as follows:

Residential

  • Residential PGE (Customer-owned): $0.60/W DC, up to $6,000
  • Residential PGE (Third party-owned): $0.45/W DC, up to $3,600
  • Residential Pacific Power (Customer-owned): $0.75/W DC, up to $7,500
  • Residential Pacific Power (Third party-owned): $0.65/W DC, up to $5,000

Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Non-Profit, Government

  • PGE (up to 300 kW): $0.50-$1.00/W, up to $150,000 per project and $150,000 per customer.
  • Pacific Power (up to 300 kW): $0.40-$1.00/W, up to $120,000 per project and $400,000 per customer.
  • Pacific Power (>300 kW): $0.40/W, up to $300,000 per project and $400,000 per customer.

Energy Trust has reallocated 2016 funding across these categories. Once the allocation in each category is reached, incentives will step down. The allocation for PGE Business Step 1 incentives was filled in January, making Step 2 rates for PGE Business customers effective January 12. 

Energy Trust will provide referrals to contractors from their Trade Ally Network (self-installed systems will not qualify). The solar contractor selected advises the customer on installation options and best siting designs to obtain the maximum performance and satisfaction from the solar electric system. The contractor will provide a system quote that estimates the PV system annual performance, installation date, and the cost after Energy Trust incentive deductions. After Energy Trust approves the customer's PV system, the buy-down incentive will be paid to the solar contractor and deducted from the final cost.

In addition, Energy Trust may offer solicitations for larger scale solar projects. The most recent solicitation for large solar projects located in or delivering power to Pacific Power's solar territory closed May 15, 2015.

Other available incentives include a residential tax credit through the Oregon Department of Energy of $1.90/W, up to $6,000 maximum (up to $1,500 may be claimed per year).