Feed in Tariff
Oregon Feed in Tariff - FIT
*The next round of open sign-ups will be 4/1/2012, previous rounds filled in a matter of minutes.
The traditional Feed in Tariff model, such as the one used in Germany, pays a premium for kWh as they are generated. Oregon's model differs slightly in that you will not operate as a mini power producer for the grid, but will use the power on site to offset your electric costs. As well as saving money on your bill, you will receive an additional incentive amount from the utility for your solar electricity production. You will be subject to current net metering policies which restrict system sizes to produce equal or less than the energy consumed on site on an annual basis.
At this time Oregon's pilot feed in tariff project will only be available to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Idaho Power. The Feed in Tariff is referred to by the utilities as a "solar payment option" and the "volumetric incentive rate (VIR).”
Please see utility links and the Feed in Tariff FAQs for more information.
click here to view the final decision by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) on 5/28/2010
click here to view the Administrative Rules set by the PUC.
click here for traditional Tax Credit and Incentive model
Available for new systems installed after July 1, 2010, this pilot is limited to 25 megawatts of production, about fifty percent of which is set aside for small scale producers like homeowners.
Review the DSIRE website below for Rates and further information.