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Solar Electric Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/07/2015
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, Manufacturing, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Wineries, Greenhouses
Amount:Varies (see below)
Maximum Incentive:Varies (see below)
Eligible System Size:1,000 kW maximum
Equipment Requirements: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.
Installation Requirements:Installations must comply with all federal, state, and local codes and meet detailed siting criteria
Systems must be grid-connected, net-metered (residential), pre-approved and installed by an approved Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:RECs generated in the first 5 years are owned by customer/producer. Ownership reverts to Energy Trust for remainder of 20 yrs.
Funding Source:Public Benefits Fund
Program Budget:Current funding available at these incentive levels: $1.6 million for projects in Pacific Power's service territory; $2.6 million for projects in PGE's service territory
Start Date:05/2003
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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, 2015 are as follows:


  • Residential PGE (Customer-owned): $0.95/W DC, up to $9,500
  • Residential PGE (Third party-owned): $0.70/W DC, up to $5,000
  • Residential Pacific Power (Customer-owned): $0.70/W DC, up to $7,000
  • Residential Pacific Power (Third party-owned): $0.70/W DC, up to $5,000

Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Non-Profit, Government

  • PGE (up to 250 kW): $0.72-$1.30/W, up to $180,000 per project and $500,000 per customer.
  • PGE (>250 kW): $0.72/W, up to $499,000. Limited to one application per customer.
  • Pacific Power (up to 200 kW): $0.40-$0.90/W, up to $80,000 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. 

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 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).

  David McClelland
Energy Trust of Oregon
421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 459-4073 Ext.223
Fax: (503) 546-6862
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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