Solar Electric Incentive Program (Oregon)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Oregon

Name Solar Electric Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, Manufacturing, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Wineries, Greenhouses
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 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.

Start Date 05/2003

Funding Source Public Benefits Fund
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

Maximum Incentive Varies (see below)
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.

Program Budget Current funding available at these incentive levels: $1.4 million for projects in Pacific Power's service territory; $3.4 million for projects in PGE's service territory

Program Administrator Energy Trust of Oregon

References DSIRE[1]


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. Incentive amounts 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

  • Pacific Power customers: $0.90/watt for systems 0-35 kW; $0.40-$0.90/watt for systems 36-200 kW; Incentives limited to $80,000 per project or customer.
  • PGE customers: $1.30/watt for systems 0-25 kW; $0.72-$1.30/watt for systems 26-250 kW; Incentives limited to $180,000 per project or $500,000 per customer.

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).

Incentive Contact

Contact Name David McClelland
Department Energy Trust of Oregon
Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97204
Phone (503) 459-4073 Ext:223


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


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