Frequently Asked Questions

A new program, called the Oregon Solar Incentive Program, created by the Oregon Legislature rolled out July 1, 2010. The program was a five year pilot designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a volumetric incentive rate for solar. As of July 31, 2015, the program has concluded.

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What is the Oregon Solar Incentive Program?

The Oregon Solar Incentive Program is a policy mechanism designed to encourage the development of solar energy projects by requiring participating utilities to buy solar electricity at a premium price from customers. A contract between the customer and Pacific Power sets the price over 15 years to help customers cover the costs of purchasing and installing the system.

How did this program come about?

The 2009 Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3039 and the 2010 Oregon legislature pass House Bill 3690 which established a volumetric incentive rate program to encourage solar installations.

What is the difference between this program and Pacific Power’s existing Net Metering program?

The Oregon Solar Incentive Program provided an alternative to our Net Metering service. Customers participating in the Oregon Solar Incentive Program do not qualify for Oregon solar energy tax credits or Energy Trust incentives. Participants are still eligible for federal tax credits. Instead of receiving kilowatt-hour credits like Net Metering customers, Oregon Solar Incentive Program customers receive payments from Pacific Power for the electricity generated by their qualifying solar installations. Pacific Power receives the associated Renewable Energy Credits for the customers participating in the Oregon Solar Incentive Program, which means participants could help Pacific Power meet Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standards of 25 percent renewable power by 2025.

What are the rates for the May 1, 2015 reservation period?
Counties
Small-Scale Systems
(> 5 kW and less than or equal to 10 kW)
Medium-Scale Systems
(>10 kW and less than or equal to 100 kW)
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill
$0.351/ kWh
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Coos, Douglas and Hood River
$0.227/ kWh
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Gilliam, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wallowa and Wasco
$0.227/ kWh
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur and Harney $0.207/kWh Request for Proposal (RFP)
Rates are for the May 1, 2015 allocation period.
 
How can I participate in the Oregon Solar Incentive Program?

The last round of the Oregon Solar Incentive Program concluded on July 31, 2015. The program will no longer be available to Pacific Power customers.

Where can I find more information?

The Oregon Public Utility Commission updated the rules on the program at the beginning of September 2011.

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