New Homes Incentive Program

May 30, 2023


Using EPS, an energy performance scoring tool that measures a newly built home’s energy consumption, electricity generated from solar, and utility costs, Energy Trust offers builders cash incentives for energy efficient homes built in Oregon. To qualify for this incentive, builders must become Energy Trust of Oregon trade allies. Incentives are offered on a sliding scale based on performance above a typical newly built home and homes must be at least 10% more efficient than a typical newly built home to qualify. See the program overview for a sample of some of the incentives available.

To receive this incentive, builders must select a program-approved verifier prior to construction and before installing drywall. Builders will submit home plans to their verifier who will then use energy modeling software to estimate the energy savings and determine the incentive amount. More incentives are available for solar electric systems and additional energy-efficient features such as smart thermostats and efficient fireplaces. The verifier will inspect the home after insulation is installed and before drywall is completed. During this inspection, the verifier will perform diagnostic tests to evaluate energy performance. Once the home is complete, the verifier will complete a final visit to ensure the home meets EPS requirements. The verifier will then update the project model with inspection details and performance results, confirm the incentive, and issue the final EPS.

Additional incentives may be available if builders work with their verifier to host an early design assistance meeting or if the low income or solar ready requirements are met.

To be eligible for these incentives, the home must be located within the service territory of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, or Avista.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Energy Trust of Oregon
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Other EE
  • LED Lighting
Incentive Amount: Incentives offered on a sliding scale of $1,123 - $4,085. See program website for incentive details.
Equipment Requirements: Equipment receiving incentive must exceed code and must not be used to meet code
Installation Requirements: Builders must be Energy Trust of Oregon trade allies


Name: New Homes Program
Organization: Energy Trust of Oregon
Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 300
Portland OR 97204
Phone: (877) 283-0698

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.