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.
|Energy Trust of Oregon
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
|Incentives offered on a sliding scale of $1,123 - $4,085. See program website for incentive details.
|Equipment receiving incentive must exceed code and must not be used to meet code
|Builders must be Energy Trust of Oregon trade allies
|New Homes Program
|Energy Trust of Oregon
421 SW Oak St., Suite 300
Portland OR 97204
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.
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