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Solar Electric Incentive Program

Eligibility 
Agricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

Residential (Homeowner or Third Party): $5,000 per home for Pacific Power and PGE
Non-Residential: $100,000 for Pacific Power, $120,000 for PGE
PGE Non-Residential Maximum for systems installed on or after May 24, 2013: $300,000

Program Info
Funding Source 

Public Benefits Fund

Start Date 

05/2003

State 
Oregon
Program Type 
State Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Residential (Homeowner or Third Party-Owned): $0.75/W DC for Pacific Power and PGE
Non-Residential PGE, 0-35 kW: $1.20/watt
Non-Residential Pacific Power, 0-35 kW: $1.10/watt
Non-Residential PGE, 35-200 kW: $0.60-$1.20/watt
Non-Residential Pacific Power, 35-200 kW: $0.50-$1.10

Provider 
Energy Trust of Oregon

The Energy Trust of Oregon’s (Energy Trust) 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. Incentive amounts are as follows:

Residential

  • For systems owned by homeowners: $0.75/watt-DC (W) installed for Pacific Power and PGE customers, with a cap of $5,000 per site.
  • For systems owned by a third party: $0.75/W-DC installed for Pacific Power and PGE customers, with a cap of $5,000 per site.

Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural

  • Pacific Power customers: $1.10/watt for systems 0-35 kW; $0.50-$1.10/watt for systems 35-200 kW; Systems limited to 1,000 kW and incentives limited to $100,000.
  • PGE customers: $1.20/watt for systems 0-35 kW; $0.60-$1.20/watt for systems 35-200 kW; Systems limited to 1,000 kW and incentives limited to $120,000. The non-residential maximum for systems installed on or after May 24, 2013 is $300,000.

Non-Profit, Government

  • Pacific Power customers: $1.10/watt for systems 0-35 kW; $0.50-$1.10/watt for systems 35-200 kW; Systems limited to 1,000 kW and incentives limited to $100,000.
  • PGE customers: $1.20/watt for systems 0-35 kW; $0.60-$1.20/watt for systems 35-200 kW; Systems limited to 1,000 kW and incentives limited to $120,000. The non-residential maximum for systems installed on or after May 24, 2013 is $300,000.

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.

Other available incentives include a [http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=OR17F&re=1&ee=1 residential tax credit] through the Oregon Department of Energy of $2.10/W, up to $6,000 maximum (up to $1,500 may be claimed per year).

Other Information 

Systems must be new, UL listed, comply with all applicable standards, and carry a minimum 2-year warranty on parts and labor;
Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty; panels must carry a minimum 20-year warranty.