Energy Trust - Small Wind Incentive Program (Oregon) State Rebate Program
Last modified on May 24, 2011.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Energy Trust - Small Wind Incentive Program|
|Incentive Type||State Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government|
|Amount|| Residential: Lesser of 4,500 per meter of rotor diameter, or 4,500 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine|
Commercial: Lesser of 3,750 per meter of rotor diameter, or 4,000 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine
|Eligible System Size||Up to 50kW|
|Equipment Requirements|| The tower height must be a minimum of 60 feet.
All installed wind turbines must be on the list of Energy Trust qualified wind turbines
|Installation Requirements|| System must be installed by an Energy Trust Small Wind Trade Ally |
The property must be at least one acre
|Maximum Incentive|| Residential: 35,000|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits|| Residential Systems: Energy Trust owns 100% of the REC’s for the first 10 years of operation, and the resident retains them for the remainder of the system's life|
Commercial Systems: Customer owns 100% of the REC’s for the first two years, and then Energy Trust owns them for the next 13 years.
|Program Administrator||Energy Trust of Oregon|
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s Small Wind Incentive program provides resources and cash incentives to help customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power install turbines up to 50 kilowatts. To be eligible for the incentive the site must have annual average wind speeds of at least 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). Wind maps are available to provide estimated wind speed averages for specific sites, and Energy Trust Small Wind Trade Ally contractors can help interpret the results and recommend the best small wind system for the proposed site. Incentive levels are as follows:
Residential Systems: The lesser of $4,500 per meter of rotor diameter, or $4,500 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine, up to a maximum of $35,000 Commercial Systems: The lesser of $3,750 per meter of rotor diameter, or $4,000 per rated kilowatts of the wind turbine, up to a maximum of $60,000
All systems must be installed by an approved Energy Trust Small Wind Trade Ally contractor. After the Energy Trust approves the customer's small wind system, the buy-down incentive will be paid to the contractor and deducted from the final cost. Currently, the program has only one Trade Ally contractor, but Energy Trust is actively seeking others.
Other available incentives include a residential tax credit through the Oregon Department of Energy of $2.00/kilowatt-hour produced in the first year of operation, up to $6,000 (up to $1,500 may be claimed per year), and a business tax credit of 50% of installed system cost applied over five years.
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.