Business Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings (Oregon)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Oregon

Name Business Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family Residential, State Government, Data Centers
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Clothes Washers, Custom/Others pending approval, Dishwasher, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motors, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Unit Heaters, Radiant Heaters, Lodging Equipment, LED Lighting, Grocery Store Display Cases, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Air Conditioners Units: $180 - $750, varies by size and efficiency

Heat Pumps: $100 - $300, varies by type and size
HVAC Unit Heater: $1.50/kBtu/hr in
Warm-Air Furnace: $3/kBtu/hr in
Radiant Heating: $6.50-$10/kBtu/hr in
Insulation: $0.30 per sq ft
Water Heaters: $2 - $2.50/kBtu/hr in, varies by type
Boilers: $4.00/kBtu/ hr in
Boiler Vent Damper: $1,000
Steam Traps: $100
Foodservice Equipment: $3-$1,000, depending on appliance
Multifamily and Lodging Equipment: $3-$1,300, depending on appliance
Lighting/Lighting Controls: $2-$100/unit; minimum lighting project incentive is $100
Server Virtualization: $350 per server decommissioned (10 server minimum)
PC Power Management: $10 per license (20 desktop minimum)
Custom Measures: 35%-50% of the total approved cost

Equipment Requirements Minimum efficiency levels for all equipment is available on program web site

Funding Source Public Benefits Fund

Maximum Incentive $500,000 per site, per year

Program Administrator Energy Trust of Oregon

References DSIRE[1]


Energy Trust of Oregon offers incentives for commercial, agricultural and institutional customers of any of the state's investor owned utilities to increase the energy efficiency of their existing buildings. The standard incentive program provides prescriptive rebates for the retrofit of electric motors, insulation, water heaters, lighting equipment, and HVAC equipment, as well as equipment specific to data centers, grocery stores, and the food service and lodging industries. For more information on incentives specific to different industries, see the Energy Trust web site. Projects must be pre-approved before making any equipment purchases or initiating any work.

Business customers retrofitting existing buildings through measures not covered under the standard incentive program can still receive financial assistance from Energy Trust through the custom incentive program. To qualify for a custom incentive, the energy savings must be at least 25% of the current energy use for lighting equipment and 10% for all other equipment and measures. Approved custom lighting efficiency projects are eligible for incentives up to 35% of the total approved cost not to exceed $0.17/annual kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved. Custom incentives for projects involving non-lighting equipment or measures are approved up to 35% of the total approved cost not to exceed $0.25/annual kWh saved and $1/therm saved.

Both custom and prescriptive incentives for existing buildings are capped at $500,000 per site per year. To receive Energy Trust incentives, the business must be served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas in Oregon, and it must be paying the public purpose surcharge.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Existing Buildings Program
Department Energy Trust of Oregon
Address 621 SW Morrison Street, Suite 550
Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97205
Phone (866) 368-7878


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"