Energy Trust of Oregon Cash Incentives

Commercial incentive for New Construction and Major Renovations.

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Avila Solar is pleased to announce that we are now working with the Energy Trust of Oregon as a Design Ally. Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives and technical support that make going solar easy and affordable. Not quite ready? We can also help you prepare your building for a future solar installation and get the following cash incentives:

Solar Ready Design Up to $15,000 to build to Energy Trust solar ready standards if you can’t install solar panels at the time of construction.

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with Sunbridge Solar LLC, an Energy Trust Trade Ally in the pacific Northwest to complement all the Energy Trust of Oregon solar incentives available for your home or business.

For Commercial PGE and Pacific Power Customers ONLY

Your Energy Trust cash incentive amount depends on the size of your system and your electric utility

Portland General Electric:
$40,000 max.
0-15 kW: $0.50/watt
15-200 kW: $0.50-$0.20/watt*, Project size cap: 400 kW

Pacific Power
$25,000 max.
0-15 kW: $0.35/watt
16-125 kW: $0.35-$0.20/watt*, Project size cap: 250 kW

*Non-linear incentive rate calculation.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change at any time. Check with your contractor or Energy Trust of Oregon.

For Residential PGE and Pacific Power Customers ONLY

Your Energy Trust cash incentive amount depends on the size of your system and your electric utility

Portland General Electric
$0.40/watt
$3,200 maximum incentive per home

Pacific Power
$0.40/watt
$3,200 maximum incentive per home

Incentive offers are subject to funding availability and may change at any time. Check with your installer or Energy Trust of Oregon.

How Does the Energy Trust of Oregon Cash Incentive Work?

The Energy Trust Incentive is only available to PGE and Pacific Power Customers. The nonprofit administrator for these cash incentives is called the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO).

If you are a customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power, and you install solar on your house or property, you may be eligible. Ground-mounted solar arrays can qualify as well.

However, you must first confirm a 75% (or better) solar window at your property. You must also work with an Energy Trust Trade Ally contractor.

The Federal Solar Tax Credit

The federal government offers a tax credit that covers 30% of your total solar installation costs, including parts and labor.

This tax credit can be taken in the same year you install panels on your home and it is easy to claim. You must first subtract your utility cash incentive from the total amount.

It is important to note that the federal tax credit program is ending. In order to take advantage of the full 30% rate, you must install a solar energy system before January 1st, 2020.

​Here are the scheduled changes you can expect as you plan your solar energy investment:

  • 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
  • 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022
  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2021.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

After Jan 1st, 2023, only commercial installations may take a 10% credit

Net Metering: Why Solar Can Work With Rainy Winters

Solar energy works incredibly well in the rainy areas of Oregon. This is due, in part, to a clever legal solar incentive called “net metering.”

Under a net metering agreement, you will use any solar electricity that you need at your home, first. Then, when you generate more power than you use, your utility will credit your account — at the same rate they normally charge you!