Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws & Local Option Solar Rights Law

Oregon’s solar and wind easements provisions allow property owners to create solar and wind easements for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight and wind. Easements…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat… More

 

Net Metering

PGE and PacifiCorp Customers

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Renewable Energy Systems Exemption

Oregon law states that any change in real market value to property due to the installation of a qualifying renewable energy system is exempt from assessment of the property’s value for property tax purposes. Qualifying renewables include solar, geothermal, wind, water, fuel cell or methane gas systems used to heat, cool or generate electricity. This exemption is intended for end users and only applies to systems that are net metered or primarily intended to offset on-site electricity use.  Systems installed on real property that is otherwise exempt from property taxation will continue to be…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric… More

 

State Energy Loan Program

The program offers low-interest loans for projects that:

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat… More

 

Energy Trust of Oregon

Of the funds collected by the electric utilities, 56.7% must be allocated towards energy efficiency programs and 17.1% to renewables. The remaining funds support low-income housing energy…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric… More

 

City of Portland- Green Building Policy and LEED Certification

Current requirements for new city-owned construction projects include:

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric… More

 

City of Ashland- Solar Rights Ordinance

Property owners can apply for a Solar Access Permit for protection of shading by vegetation only. Shading by buildings is protected by the solar setback provision.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Ashland Electric Utility- Photovoltaic Rebate Program

The City of Ashland Conservation Division offers electric customers installing photovoltaic systems a rebate of either $0.50 per watt (residential) or $0.75 per watt (commercial), up to a maximum of $7,500 per system. In order to qualify, a solar electric system needs a total solar resource fraction of at least 75%, and no shading by a tree between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Systems must be interconnected with the City’s electrical grid and net metered,  comply with all City permit requirements, and system owners must own or be a tenant of the facility where the system is installed.

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Residential, Federal Government, Multifamily Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Ashland Electric- Net Metering

In 1996, Ashland adopted a net metering program that includes simple interconnection guidelines. The program encourages the adoption of renewable-energy systems by committing the city to purchase, at 1.25 times the highest residential rate block, up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of net excess generation (NEG) that remains at the end of the year in December from customers that generate electricity using small wind turbines or small solar-energy systems.  Any NEG above 1,000 kWh is paid out at the wholesale rate.  Prior to the year-end reconciliation, NEG rolls-over and is credited to the…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small)

 

Interconnection Standards

Interconnection for Net Metered Systems

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Solar Electric Incentive Program

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…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Building Energy Code

The Oregon Energy Code amendments were most recently updated for both residential and non-residential construction in 2014. In October 2010 Oregon also adopted the Oregon Solar Installation…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building

 

Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings

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…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, State Government, Federal Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators/Freezers… More

 

Model Ordinance for Renewable Energy Projects

The Oregon Department of Energy issued guidance to local governments to address wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and co-generation project planning needs at the city and county level in July 2005…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Salem Electric- Photovoltaic Rebate Program

Salem Electric offers a rebate to residential customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate offered is $600 for the first three kilowatts (kWs) installed and $300/kW for any…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Solar Volumetric Incentive and Payments Program

In June 2009, Oregon established a pilot solar volumetric incentive rate and payment program.* Under this incentive program, systems of up to 500 kilowatts (kW) are paid for the kilowatt-hours (k…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund Program

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) provides grants for feasibility studies for renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects under the Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF). This…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric… More

 

City of Portland- Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) developed a streamlined permitting process for residential solar energy system installations. The City of Portland has staff at the…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Installers/Contractors, Low Income Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Solar Permitting Law

This legislation also addressed permitting fees for solar systems.  Counties and cities may not charge permit fees for solar permit applications specifically, but they can charge building permit …

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Renewable Energy Development Grant Program

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) offers competitive grants to renewable energy projects as part of ODOE’s Energy Incentives Program.  ODOE created this competitive grant program in 2011, an…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Central Lincoln People’s Utility District- Renewable Energy Incentive Program

Central Lincoln People’s Utility District provides financial incentives for its commercial and residential customers to install photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating, wind, and hydro electric…

Eligibility: Commercial, Nonprofit, Residential, Federal Government, Multifamily Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small)

 

Local Option- Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones

Commercial renewable energy property in these zones are eligible for a 3 to 5 year local property tax exemption. Eligible property includes either wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, or other uncon…

Eligibility: Commercial

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Wave… More

 

Emerald PUD- Solar Electric Program

Emerald People’s Utility District offers incentives to customers installing a qualified solar photovoltaic (PV) system. Systems must be 25 kW or smaller to qualify. Systems must be pre-approved by…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Self-Direction of Public Purpose Charges (LECPPP)

Oregon’s 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation (SB 1149) required Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) to collect a 3% public-purpose charge from their customers to support…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Federal Government, Institutional

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

EWEB- Net Metering

The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) offers net metering for customers with renewable energy generation systems with an installed capacity of 25 kW or less. Eligible systems use solar power,…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Municipal Solid Waste, Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels… More

 

Pacific Power- Blue Sky Community Project Funds

Note: Pacific Power is currently accepting applications for 2016 Funding Awards. The deadline for submittal is May 31, 2016 5 PM PT.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Tidal… More

 

Utility Scale Solar Incentive Program

HB 4037 of 2016 created the Solar Incentive Program for utility-scale solar development. The bill directs Oregon’s Business Development Department (the Department) to establish and administer a…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utilities, Cooperative Utilities… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

PGE Renewable Development Fund

Portland General Electric Company (PGE) offers its customers a voluntary renewable power option. A portion of the customer payments for renewable power are used to seed the Renewable Development…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy