Incentives for solar electric ( Photovoltaic PV)
The largest provider of renewable energy incentives in this state is the Energy Trust of Oregon. They receive funds from four privately owned utilities (Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Northwest Natural Gas & Cascade Natural Gas) through a public purpose charge on rate payer monthly bills.
This money is paid out to qualifying projects. The terms and incentive amounts are adjusted periodically based on Energy Trust revenue and territory. Currently Energy Trust provides $.75 per watt installed to customers of Pacific Power and $1.00 watt installed to customers of Portland General Electric. Solar Electric incentives are capped at $10,000 for PGE customers and $7,500 for Pacific Power customers per residence and are generally paid directly to the solar contractor.
The application for Energy Trust Incentives must be made prior to construction. To qualify for incentives, systems must have TSRF of 75% or higher, 10 years of roof life, and be installed by a certified Trade Ally of Energy Trust of Oregon.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) has a comprehensive list of utility incentives across Oregon.
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