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Oregon Solar

Oregon's solar capacity has the capability to power over 170,000 households. Solar energy contributes less than 4% of the state's overall electricity generation.

Oregon offers a solar energy incentive program designed to encourage the adoption of solar technologies. The program provides financial incentives, rebates, and tax credits to homeowners installing solar systems, making renewable energy more accessible and affordable.

Let’s learn about home solar incentives, the utility policies associated with interconnection and setup, and solar financing plans for solar panels and battery systems in Oregon.

Incentive Programs, Tax Credits, and

Solar Rebates in Oregon

Federal ITC - 30%Solar PV systems installed in 2022 - 2032 are eligible for a 30% tax credit. The credit can only be claimed by on the original installation of the solar equipment located at a residence of yours. You must also purchase it using cash or financing, but you're not leasing the system or paying a solar company for the electricity produced by the system.
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Solar Access Rights in OregonOregon recognizes and enforces solar access rights, ensuring that property owners have the legal protection to receive sunlight for their solar panels. This regulation safeguards the effectiveness and efficiency of solar installations by preventing obstructions that could cast shadows and reduce energy production.
Solar Electric Incentive Rebate ProgramCustomers of Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power can participate in Oregon's solar electric incentive initiative. This program offers an initial rebate of $1,200 to PGE customers and $900 to Pacific Power customers who own their solar energy systems and collaborate with an authorized Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor.
Solar Ready Construction Standards in OregonOregon has implemented solar ready construction standards that encourage new buildings to be designed and constructed with solar energy in mind. This means that buildings are prepped for future solar panel installations, streamlining the process and reducing costs when the decision to go solar is made.
Net Metering in OregonOregon offers net metering, allowing solar system owners to offset their energy bills by feeding excess energy back into the grid. This arrangement ensures that homeowners are fairly compensated for the surplus energy they contribute to the overall energy supply.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in OregonOregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard mandates that a certain percentage of the state's energy must come from renewable sources, including solar. This policy commitment drives the growth of the solar industry and contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix.
For low-or moderate-income homeowners$1.80 per watt (DC) of installed capacity, up to 60% of the net cost or $5,000, whichever is less. Rebates are paid to the ODOE-approved contractor who installs the system.
Homeowners not considered low- or moderate-income who are not eligible for an electric utility incentive$0.50 per watt (DC) of installed capacity, up to 40% of the net cost or $5,000, whichever is less. Rebates are paid to the ODOE-approved contractor who installs the system.

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Other Solar Energy Incentives

The US federal government helps residents and businesses pay for their solar systems. The federal investment tax credit (ITC) allows for a tax deduction of 30% of the cost of a solar system currently. Tax credits can be rolled over if you can’t use the whole credit this year. The ITC cannot be claimed for solar leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs) where the third party financier takes the credits themselves, but that is typically baked into a reduced lease/PPA monthly for you.

If you purchased a $20,000 system, your savings from the federal tax credit would look like this:

$20,000 X 0.30 = $6,000 savings

Home Solar Financing in Oregon

There are three pathways to powering your home with solar energy in Oregon: purchasing the solar system outright, obtaining a loan for its financing, or opting for a leasing program. Solar systems can be financed by bank loans, solar installer financing, new home mortgages, energy loans and home equity loans or lines of credit. Cash works too. Regardless of your choice, solar panels can reduce your home energy expenses, contributing to financial savings and a cleaner power supply. Our Energy Advisors can guide you to the best solar deals in Oregon. Here's a comparison:

Solar Purchase

  • Optimal Return-On-Investment
  • Potential Reduction of Bills to near $0
  • Enhances Property Value

Outright Solar Purchase: Homeowners with a stronger financial position often cover the full cost of solar upfront, yielding the highest return-on-investment over the system's lifespan. By paying in cash, homeowners in Oregon can claim tax credits and rebates, avoid interest charges, and directly enjoy the savings on their electricity bills. Some of our customers experience virtually no electricity expenses from the moment they install solar. We offer top-tier products at attractive cash prices.

Solar Loan

  • No Initial Expenses
  • Ownership of the System
  • Appreciates Property Value

Solar Loan Financing: Utilizing a solar loan enables you to save and own your solar system, as our financiers cover the upfront expenses (similar to an auto loan). Homes equipped with solar systems command higher value due to their lower operational costs. Depending on the chosen solar loan, you can achieve greater monthly savings or complete your financing earlier. Our team will help you secure the most favorable rates and terms to match your requirements. To learn about our latest offerings, connect with us

Solar Lease

  • No Initial Investment Required
  • Complete Maintenance Coverage
  • Lower Monthly Payments
  • Guaranteed Rates

Solar Leasing: Leasing solar panels provides an accessible and cost-effective path to solar adoption. With zero upfront costs—often referred to as “$0 down solar financing“—installation and maintenance are entirely managed, and your home benefits from the energy generated by the solar panels. You pay a consistent monthly fee and save compared to your existing electricity bill. The reduced electricity rate are what many homeowners like about this option.

Talk to your EnergyPal Advisor about financing solar options in Oregon. We regularly source the best deals and terms for our customers. Let us guide you through the finance and application process from A-Z.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth going solar in Oregon?

In most cases, yes, solar will save you a significant amount of money. Solar panels produce electricity and reduce how much power you have to purchase from your electric company. The typical homeowner in Oregon pays around 12.95¢ cents per Kilowatthour.

What is the payback period for solar panels in Oregon?

Homeowners who install a solar array sized to meet 100 percent of their energy needs can still pay off the upfront cost in as little as 5-6 years. The typical payback period in Oregon averages 8.6 years.

How much are solar panels in Oregon?

As of August 2023, the average solar panel cost in Oregon is $3.13/W. Given a solar panel system size of 6 kilowatts (kW), an average solar installation in Oregon is $13,146 with 30% tax credit applied.

What incentives are available for solar in Oregon?

Solar installations in Oregon are eligible for the 30% solar tax credit. Connect with us to learn more about all the local Oregon incentives, tax credits & rebates you qualify for.




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