Cities, counties, school districts and other public entities across Oregon are installing solar to reduce operating costs and take action on sustainability goals. Battery storage added to a solar system supports community resilience by keeping the power on for essential buildings — like police or fire stations — during outages. And for new public buildings, solar projects and battery storage help meet the Oregon law requiring 1.5% of construction costs go toward green energy technology.
Energy Trust works with public entities by offering a Solar Development Assistance incentive, to help determine the potential of a project, as well as solar installation incentives to make projects more affordable.
Your organization may also qualify for other grants or rebates, and an Energy Trust solar trade ally can help you connect with those resources (see the Financing tab below).
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Start with Solar Development Assistance.
Energy Trust Solar Development Assistance incentives offset upfront costs of a solar feasibility report that will provide you with a custom system design and cost-benefit analysis. Request free customized proposals to get started, and we can connect you with three solar trade ally contractors. See our guide to choosing a contractor and comparing bids.
Your system is designed and verified.
Once you receive a solar feasibility report, Energy Trust reviews the plans for your system to make sure it meets our rigorous technical standards and qualifies for installation incentives.
Get support with funding and procurement.
Your Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor can help identify grants or rebates, in addition to Energy Trust cash incentives, that you may be eligible to receive. The custom solar feasibility report from your solar trade ally provides the information you need to complete grant applications or issue a request for proposal. Your Energy Trust incentives will be paid directly to your contractor, who will deduct the incentive amount from your contract, reducing upfront costs.
Get installation proposals from Energy Trust solar trade ally contractors.
Once you decide to move forward with your solar project, as a public entity you may need to receive additional quotes for your installation or send your RFP out for bid. We can connect you with approved Energy Trust solar trade allies so that you can make the best choice for your project’s needs and ensure that your system qualifies for Energy Trust installation incentives.
Your system is installed.
Your Energy Trust trade ally contractor will install your system. In many cases, when a project is complete, we visit to verify the system was installed properly.
Energy Trust Incentives
To help you determine the solar potential of your project, Energy Trust offers a Solar Development Assistance incentive of up to $1,800. Energy Trust also offers cash incentives that reduce the upfront cost of solar installations. The installation incentive amount depends on the size of your system and your electric utility. Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change at any time. Check with your trade ally contractor.
|Your Utility||Solar Development Assistance Incentive||Requirements|
|Portland General Electric||$1,800 max||
90% of the cost up to $1,800
|Your Utility||Installation Incentive||Requirements|
|Portland General Electric||$20,000 max.||
Project size cap: 400 kW-DC
|Pacific Power||$20,000 max.||
Project size cap: 400 kW-DC
Additional solar options
- Solar Development Assistance to help launch projects
- Solar Planning for new buildings or major renovations
- Solar + Storage for backup power to make your building more resilient during an outage and keep essential equipment operating
- Get tips on choosing a solar trade ally contractor and comparing bids
- Attend a free educational workshop to learn more about solar.
- Use our solar calculator to estimate the benefits of solar.
- Learn about solar planning for new construction and major renovations.
- Learn how your electric bill is calculated with net metering.
- Learn about Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
- See the U.S. Department of Energy’s local government guide for solar deployment.
- Learn about Oregon’s 1.5% for green energy technology law.
Other rebates and grants
In addition to Energy Trust incentives, public entities installing solar may be eligible for the following funding sources. Connecting early with an Energy Trust solar trade ally and taking advantage of Energy Trust Solar Development Assistance can help you prepare to apply for these resources.
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