EPUD - Solar Water Heater Rebate

February 01, 2013


The Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD), which serves over 17,000 customers, initiated the Solar Water Heater Program in 1997. EPUD residential customers with existing electric water heaters that switch to solar hot water heaters are eligible for a $600 rebate, as well as a zero-interest loan. The rebate budget is approximately $18,000 per year. To be eligible for the rebate, participants must select an EPUD-approved contractor.

Qualified participants may also borrow up to $7,500 at 0% interest to cover any costs not covered by the rebate. The repayment period is three years (36 months) for loans of $1,500 or less, and up to five years (60 months) for loans of $1,500 to $7,500. EPUD screens all potential loan recipients. The loans are provided through a local credit union, and EPUD buys down the interest rate to zero percent. EPUD maintains a budget of $120,000 per year for its customer loans. To date, $350,000 in loans have been awarded to Solar Water Heater Program participants.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.epud.org/conservation/solarwaterheater.aspx
Administrator: Emerald People's Utility District
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
Incentive Amount: $600
Installation Requirements: Must use an EPUD-approved contractor


Name: Joe Savage
Address: 33733 Seavey LP Road
Eugene OR 97405
Phone: (541) 744-7448
Email: joe@epud.org

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.