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Oregon

An arrow graphic shows that Oregon's renewable portfolio standard increases from 27% in 2025, to 50% in 2040.

Carve-out: 8% electricity generation capacity from community renewable energy projects
Tracking system: Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)

Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) with 3% or more of Oregon's load must ensure a percentage of in-state retail sales come from renewables. The requirement increases from 5% by 2011 to 50% by 2040. Utilities with less than 1.5% of state load must meet a 5% RPS by 2025. Utilities with more than 1.5%, but less than 3% of state load must meet a 10% RPS by 2025. PV systems between 500 kW and 5 MW receive a RPS compliance multiplier of two.

All utilities in Oregon, with the exception of Idaho Power, must offer net metering to their retail customers up to 2 MW. The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) administers the public purpose funds and offers a wide range of solar incentives. ETO's Solar Electric program offers cash incentives to customers of PGE and Pacific Power for installing solar PV systems. Small utilities also offer a number of rebates and loans for solar PV installations. Oregon requires 1.5% of the total contract price of new construction or major renovation of a public building to go towards solar energy technology.

Net Metering

All utilities in Oregon, with the exception of Idaho Power, must offer net metering to their retail customers. Idaho Power is subject to net metering rules established by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

System size limit: PGE and PacifiCorp customers: 2 MW for non-residential, 25 kW for residential; municipal, electric cooperative, and public utility district customers: 25 kW for non-residential, 10 kW for residential

Aggregate cap: 0.5% of the utility's historical peak load for municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, and public utility districts; no limit for large investor-owned utilities.

Credit: Net excess generation is credited at the retail rate.

RECs: Customers retain ownership of renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Meter aggregation: Allowed

Interconnection

All utilities in Oregon, with the exception of Idaho Power, follow standard interconnection rules for net-metered systems. Net-metered systems are divided into three tiers:

Eligible Systems Type of Interconnection
Certified, inverter-based system, ≤25 kW Level 1. No application fee
Certified system ≤2 MW that do not qualify for level 1 Level 2. Application fee of up to $50 and additional $1/kW
All other systems Level 3. Must pass specific reviews

In addition, all utilities, including Idaho Power, follow Oregon's rules for interconnection of small generators ≤10 MW. There are four tiers of review based on system capacity: ≤25 kW, >25 kW and ≤2MW, non-exporting systems ≤10 MW, and all systems.

System size limit: 10 MW

Liability insurance: Small generators over 200 kW must have liability insurance.

External disconnect switch: Required except for inverter-based systems up to 25 kW.

Third Party Ownership

Third party power purchase agreements are allowed in Oregon.

Community Solar

In 2016, Oregon estbalished that at least 8% of the state's electricity generation capacity should come from small-scale, community renewable energy projects with a capacity of 20 MW or less.

State Incentive Programs

Program Administrator Incentive

Renewable Energy Systems Exemption

Oregon Department of Energy

Property value change due to the installation of solar system is exempt from assessment of the property's value for property tax purposes.

State Energy Loan Program

Oregon Department of Energy

Statewide loan program. The amount of loans generally ranges from $20,000 to $20 million.

Energy Trust of Oregon

Oregon Public Utility Commission

The Energy Trust's renewable energy program offers financial incentives for small- and mid-scale solar projects. See more at Energy Trust of Oregon.

Solar Electric Incentive Program (1 MW maximum)

Energy Trust of Oregon

Funding from Energy Trust of Oregon to PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric Co customers.

Utility Scale Solar Incentive Program

Oregon Business Development Department

$0.005/kWh; performance-based incentive for 2MW-10MW

Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund Program

Oregon Department of Energy

State grant program; amount varies by project; up to $50,000 for systems 25 kW to 10 MW

Renewable Energy Development Grants

Oregon Department of Energy

State grant program; amount varies by project; up to $250,000, or 35% of total project costs

Utility Incentive Programs

Utility Incentive Limitations

Ashland Electric Utility

Residential: $0.50/watt; Commercial: $0.75/watt

Capped at $7,500

Consumers Power, Inc.

$500/kW

Capped at $3,000

Lane Electric Cooperative

$0.5/watt

Capped at $2,000

Central Lincoln People's Utility District

$500/kW

Capped at $5,000; systems must be comprised of new, UL listed components

Pacific Power

Grant varies by projects

100% of capital costs

Pacific Power - Blue Sky Community Project Funds

Varies by project; 100% of capital costs maximum

Locally owned; non-residential; ≤10MW

PGE Renewable Development Fund

Grant amount varies by project

≤10 MW in capacity that are directly interconnected to PGE's grid or delivered to PGE through a PPA

Resources

The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Net metering and interconnection

Other