Solar Within Reach

May 31, 2023


Energy Trust of Oregon provides increased incentives to income-qualified homeowners in Oregon when they install solar with a qualifying contractor and are a customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. Qualifying income levels are updated annually (see table below). To participate, customers must own and live in a single-family home, manufactured home, floating home, condo or multifamily residence that is either an attached side-by-side unit or a duplex, triplex or fourplex. 

Income Qualifications:

 Household Size   Gross Annual Income Maximum   
  1 Resident   $58,688
  2 Resident   $76,744
  3 Resident   $94,802
  4 Resident   $112,860
  5 Resident   $130,918
  6 Resident   $148,976
  7 Resident   $152,362
  8 Resident   $155,746

Incentive Rates

  • PGE:  $0.90/W, up to $5,400 per home
  • Pacific Power:  $1.00/W, up to $6,000 per home

*Incentive offers are subject to funding availability.

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: PGE: $0.90/W
Pacific Power: $1.00/W
Maximum Incentive: PGE: $5,400 per home
Pacific Power: $6,000 per home
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.
Eligible Solar Within Reach projects must carry a minimum 7-year full system workmanship warranty.
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, pre-approved, and installed by an approved 5-star 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 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of 0.90 $/W, The incentive has a minimum of 1.00 $/W, The incentive has a minimum of $6000.00


Name: Solar Electric Installation Requirements
Name: Program Guide for Solar Electric Allies - Part 6: Equitable Solar Initiative


Name: Solar Within Reach
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.