Utility Scale Solar Incentive Program

April 01, 2022


HB 4037 of 2016 created the Solar Incentive Program for utility-scale solar development. The bill directs Oregon's Business Development Department (the Department) to establish and administer a program to provide a production incentive to solar developers, and establishes the Solar Incentivization Fund to provide the incentives.

Solar photovoltaic systems located in Oregon with a capacity between 2 and 10 MW are eligible for a $0.005 per kilowatt hour (kWh) incentive. The systems must become operational after January 1, 2016 but within a year of enrollment in the program. The incentives are paid monthly and will continue for a period of five years. If a system fails to produce electricity within two years of its enrollment, it will forfeit participation in the incentive program.

Individual owners or operators of solar PV systems may enroll projects up to a cumulative capacity of 35 MW. Utilities (both investor-owned and publicly-owned) are eligible to participate as system owners. 

The program closed to new applicants January 2, 2017. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Oregon Business Development Department
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $0.005/kWh
Terms: Must be producing energy within one year of program enrollment
Eligible System Size: 2 MW - 10 MW
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: System owner


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utilities, Cooperative Utilities, Agricultural
Parameters: The incentive is 0.01 $/kWh, The system has a maximum of 2.00 MW, The system has a minimum of 10.00 MW


Name: HB 4037


Name: Business Oregon
Address: 775 Summer St NE, Ste 200
Salem OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-0123

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.