Solar Electric Incentive Program

May 31, 2023


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 homes, multifamily homes, commercial buildings, farms, and public entity facilities. Energy Trust allocates solar incentives into steps, such that when funding in a given allocation is fully subscribed, the incentive amount steps down. A status report with current funding allocations and availability is available on Energy Trust's website. Current incentive amounts are as follows:


  • PGE: $400 per project
  • Pacific Power: $450 per project

Commercial Buildings, Multifamily Buildings, and Farms

  • PGE: $0.15/watt up to $15,000 (480 kW-DC max)
  • Pacific Power: $0.18/watt up to $18,000 (480 kW-DC max)

*Refer to the Energy Trust of Oregon Commercial Estimator for more detailed information on commercial incentives.

Public Entities

  • PGE: $0.18/watt up to $18,000 (480 kW-DC max)
  • Pacific Power: $0.18/watt up to $18,000 (480 kW-DC max)

Public entities receiving service from either utility may also receive a Solar Development Assistance incentive equal to 90% of the cost up to $1,800.

Energy Trust will provide referrals to contractors from their Trade Ally Network (self-installed systems will not qualify). The solar contractor selected advises the customer on installation options and best siting designs to obtain the maximum performance and satisfaction from the solar electric system. The contractor will provide a system quote that estimates the PV system annual performance, installation date, and the cost after Energy Trust incentive deductions. After Energy Trust approves the customer's PV system, the buy-down incentive will be paid to the solar contractor and deducted from the final cost.

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
Incentive Amount: Varies (see below)
Maximum Incentive: Varies (see below)
Eligible System Size: Excluding residential:
Portland General Electric: 480 KW-DC
Pacific Power: 480 kW-DC
Equipment Requirements: Systems must be new, listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, comply with all applicable standards, and carry a minimum 2-year warranty on parts and labor.
Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty.
Panels must carry a minimum 20-year warranty.
Installation Requirements: Installations must comply with all federal, state, and local codes and meet detailed siting and interconnection criteria.
Systems must be grid-connected, net-metered (residential), pre-approved, and installed by an approved Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Systems verified before 12/14/2018: system owner owns all REC produced during the first 5 years of and those produced after the twentieth year of operation. Energy Trust owns the RECs produced in years 6 - 20.
Systems verified after 12/14/2018: system owner owns all the RECs


This program has 3 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Residential, Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of $400.00, The incentive has a minimum of $450.00
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of 0.15 $/W-DC, The incentive has a minimum of 0.18 $/W-DC, The incentive has a minimum of $18000.00
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Local Government, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Institutional
Parameters: The incentive is 0.18 $/W-DC, The incentive has a minimum of $18000.00


Name: Solar Electric Installation Requirements


Name: Solar Electric Incentive Program
Organization: Energy Trust of Oregon
Address: 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
Portland OR 97204
Phone: (877) 777-4018

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.