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Solar Electric Incentive Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State 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
Website 
http://www.energytrust.org
Funding Source 

Public Benefits Fund

State 
Oregon
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Varies (see below)

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 June, 2015 are as follows:

Residential

  • Residential PGE (Customer-owned): $0.80/W DC, up to $8,000
  • Residential PGE (Third party-owned): $0.60/W DC, up to $4,800
  • Residential Pacific Power (Customer-owned): $0.66/W DC, up to $6,600
  • Residential Pacific Power (Third party-owned): $0.65/W DC, up to $5,000

Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Non-Profit, Government

  • PGE (up to 250 kW): $0.66-$1.20/W, up to $165,000 per project and $330,000 per customer.
  • PGE (>250 kW): $0.72/W, up to $499,000. Limited to one application per customer.
  • Pacific Power (up to 200 kW): $0.38-$0.86/W, up to $76,000 per project and $200,000 per customer.
  • Pacific Power (>200 kW): $0.40/W, up to $200,000. Limited to one application per customer.

In January 2015, Energy Trust extended the business cap for projects over 250 kW for PGE customers and 200 kW for Pacific Power customers. Once the limited allocation for these larger project runs up, the cap will revert to the standard offer (e.g. $180,000 for PGE and $80,000 for Pacific Power). Customers interested in incentives for large projects should contact Energy Trust directly. 

PGE's Residential Step 2 allotments have been filled, and incentives moved to the Step 3 rates as of June 3. Step 1 of PGE's Business allotments was filled in March, triggering a decrease in the incentive rate for projects below 250 kW. Step 1 of Pacific Power's residential allotments was filled on April 15, and Step 1 of its business allotments filled on May 14. 

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. There is currently an open solicitation for large solar projects located in or delivering power to Pacific Power's solar territory. Projects must be sized between 500 kW-DC and 10 MW-AC (aggregate capacity). A total of $2 million of funding is available under this solicitation, and individual projects may apply for up to $2 million. Applications are due by May 15, 2015. See the RFP application for more details. Projects 500 kW or larger in Pacific Power may go apply for incentives either this solicitation or the standard offer incentive program. 

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).