EWEB - PV Partners

December 16, 2003


The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) began the PV Partners program in 2000. The program's broad goal was to develop and implement an education and demonstration program of distributed solar electric technology as the first step leading to wide spread use of distributed photovoltaic resources in Eugene, Oregon. The program's objectives included public education, testing of utility interconnection standards and policies, identification of the value and benefits to EWEB and individual customers, and exploration of funding opportunities and partnerships. The PV Partners program gives all customers, within EWEB's service territory, the opportunity to generate electricity (from photovoltaic sources only), offset their electric needs and receive credit for any excess electricity generated. The systems are net-metered, using a single meter that is capable of running backwards. PV Partners receives the full benefit of the electricity generated by the systems. The policy describes the three methods that the excess generation may be credited. The excess generation rate is $ .06181 per kWh. To date, partially because of system size and/or length time installed, there has not been a customer with net excess generation. Accounts are manually monitored and trued up on an annual basis. Currently, 5 residential customers, 1 commercial customer, 1 non-profit customer and 3 schools have installed photovoltaic systems totalling 30.6 kW. The goal is to install 90 kW by 2006. There is no minimum size requirement for each system. The maximum size limit for PV Partners is 25KW which corresponds with the net-metering legislation. Systems above 25KW would be individually assessed for interconnection.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site: http://www.eweb.org/policies/ELECTRIC/E-6.htm#spec
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Applicable Utilities: 25 kW
System Capacity Limit: None
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Excess generation rate is $ .06181 per kWh; Accounts are manually monitored and trued up on an annual basis.
Net Excess Generation: EWEB
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Yes


Name: Kathy Grey
Organization: Eugene Water & Electric Board
Address: P.O. Box 10148
Eugene OR 97440-2148
Phone: (541) 484-1125
Email: Kathy.Grey@eweb.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.