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Solar Within Reach

Increased incentives for income-qualified households

Rooftop solar can help you lower your energy bills in a big way, and it may be more affordable than you think. Solar Within Reach makes going solar more affordable for income-qualified households. With increased cash incentives and a federal energy tax credit, powering your home with solar may be within reach.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    You ​must be an Oregon customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power, working with an Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor participating with Solar Within Reach, and meet income qualification requirements to be eligible for incentives. Check the “Details” tab for more information.

  2. Get proposals from Energy Trust solar trade ally contractors eligible to provide Solar Within Reach incentives

    To qualify for this increased income qualified incentive, your system must be installed by an approved solar trade ally eligible to offer the Solar Within Reach incentive. Submit your information and Energy Trust can connect you with qualified trade ally contractors in your area.

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  3. After you choose a contractor, they will ask you to sign an incentive application and Income Verification form to confirm your eligibility.

    Your contractor will handle all the paperwork for your system, and submit your income verification form, prior to installation. Your Energy Trust cash incentive will be applied to the cost of your solar installation upfront—like a coupon—reducing the amount you pay your contractor.

  4. Your system is installed and verified

    Energy Trust helps protect your investment by reviewing the plans for your system before construction. Once it’s complete, we also verify that it met our rigorous technical standards. In many cases, we will stop by in person to verify your system was installed properly.

  5. Claim your tax credits when you file your taxes.

    Claim your federal tax credit when you file your taxes.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed in the Steps tab, to participate you must own a single-family home, manufactured home, floating home, condo or multifamily residence that is either an attached side-by-side unit or a duplex, triplex or fourplex. You must also meet Energy Trust’s income qualifications listed below.

Household sizeGross annual income maximum
1 resident$54,240
2 residents$62,040
3 residents$69,720
4 residents$77,520
5 residents$83,760
6 residents$89,880
7 residents$96,120
8 residents$102,360

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

Incentive Requirements
Solar $1.50/watt

$9,000 maximum incentive per home

Special qualification rules and restrictions apply. Incentive offers are subject to funding availability and may change at any time. Check with your contractor.

Note: Energy Trust provides technical assistance and financial incentives but does not develop, sell or install energy systems or equipment. This work is done by independent businesses that are solely responsible for the quality and performance of their installations.

Tax credits

A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the income tax you owe. Federal tax credits are non-refundable, which means you must pay taxes in order to claim the credit.

Consult a tax professional to learn how tax credits and rules may apply to you. This information does not constitute tax advice and cannot be used to avoid tax penalties.

Federal Energy Tax Credit: Covers 30 percent of the cost, after deducting the Energy Trust incentive, of a solar electric system installed by December 31, 2019. For systems installed in 2020, the tax credit covers 26 percent of the cost. You must claim this credit yourself. View requirements and information on how to claim the tax credit.

Do I need multiple bids from a contractor for my solar projects?

No. Energy Trust does not require you to have multiple bids, but we strongly recommend it. Fill out an online bid request form and we can connect you with Solar Trade Ally contractors that offer the Solar Within Reach incentive.

Am I still eligible for other Energy Trust incentives if I participate in Solar Within Reach?

Yes. If you invest in additional energy-saving improvements, you can receive other Energy Trust incentives. Through Savings Within Reach, Energy Trust offers increased incentives for income-qualified customers who make energy-efficiency improvements to their home. However, each energy improvement is eligible for only one incentive.

How do I determine my household’s gross annual income to see if I qualify for Solar Within Reach?

Your gross annual income is the total amount currently earned annually by all household members before taxes and deductions. Income includes all gross wages, tips, rental income, public assistance, social security or pensions, income from self-employment, alimony, or any other sources of income defined by the IRS income tax return.

Here is a sample income calculation:

$15 hourly wage x 32 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = $24,960.

Who counts as a resident of my home?

Anyone who regularly sleeps at your home and is not considered a temporary guest can be counted as a resident of your home. Children sleeping in your home as part of a shared custody agreement are considered residents.

Questions?

Give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 with income qualification questions or for more information regarding Solar Within Reach.