Varies (see below)
Public Benefits Fund
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 January 2016 are as follows:
- Residential PGE (Customer-owned): $0.55/W DC, up to $5,500
- Residential PGE (Third party-owned): $0.40/W DC, up to $3,200
- Residential Pacific Power (Customer-owned): $0.70/W DC, up to $7,000
- Residential Pacific Power (Third party-owned): $0.60/W DC, up to $4,800
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. Allocations for Pacific Power Residential Step 1 were filled as of March 28, and incentives are now on Step 2. Incentives for residential PGE customers decreased to Step 2 rates on April 8.
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 30% of the system costs, up to $6,000 maximum (up to $1,500 per year). Projects receiving funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky grant or a PGE Clean Wind grant are not eligible to receive solar incentives through the Energy Trust.