Incentives for solar electric ( Photovoltaic PV)
In Oregon and Washington incentives are available through many electric utilities to help make residential solar more affordable. These incentives vary from utility to utility:
Live in Oregon and your electric utility is Pacific Power or Portland General Electric?
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 $0.66 per watt installed to customers of Pacific Power and $0.90 watt installed to customers of Portland General Electric. Solar Electric incentives are capped at $9,000 for Portland General Electric customers and $6,000 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.
Live in Oregon and have a utility other than Pacific Power or Portland General Electric?
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) has a comprehensive list of utility incentives across Oregon. (When on the DSIRE site, we recommend on using the filter tool and selecting "Solar Technologies" Technology category and "Rebate Program" in the Program Type category.)
You can also click here for a cost example. (Once you determine if your utility has an incentive, you'll want to incorporate that into the second example.)
Live in Washington?
For information on solar electric incentives in the state of Washington click here.
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