Private Generation: We're in This Together

Some Pacific Power customers have installed their own small renewable generation systems, such as a wind or solar photovoltaic, to help offset electricity bills and benefit the environment.

A typical 3-kilowatt rooftop solar system covers approximately 30 percent of a customer’s monthly electricity needs. This is about enough energy to power the home’s electric water heater each month.

These small generation systems are monitored through our net metering program, which measures the difference between the amount of electricity consumed and the surplus amount sent to Pacific Power. A net meter allows you to use electricity you generate first. Any excess goes through the meter and into the power grid.

Investing in a small generation system may require a large upfront expense and future maintenance commitment. Our decision-making checklist (PDF) can help you determine if a small generation system is right for you. Incentives also may be available to help pay for these costs.

If you’re considering a small generation system, learn more about options and available incentives »

Make an impact with Blue Sky

Another way to support renewable energy is to enroll in our Blue SkySM program. Starting at just $1.95 per block, you can support 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable wind energy and help fund the development of new community-based renewable energy projects in your state. You choose the number of blocks to support.

Blue Sky customers have supported renewable energy for more than a decade, and have helped fund the construction of more than 200 community-based renewable energy projects throughout the region. Learn more »


Adding solar generation to meet customers' needs

Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, will buy electricity produced by what will be Oregon's largest solar facility in Bly, Oregon. Construction on the Old Mill solar facility is underway to be completed by the end of the year. The project will feature more than 20,000 solar panels, supplying power to meet the needs of about 1,000 homes per year.

The company's Black Cap Solar Facility (PDF) came on-line in 2012 near Lakeview.