Solar Water Heating Incentive Program (Oregon)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Oregon

Name Solar Water Heating Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Wineries, Greenhouses, Manufacturing
Eligible Technologies Solar Pool Heating, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by sector, water heating fuel, and electric or gas provider; see below for details






Equipment Requirements Systems must be new. Expansions to existing solar systems are not eligible. System must be listed as eligible by Energy Trust and must be SRCC-certified.
Start Date October 2003




Installation Requirements Systems must be installed by a qualified Energy Trust solar contractor. Self-installed systems do not qualify. All commercial systems must be pre-approved prior to installation.


Maximum Incentive Varies by sector, location, technology, and electric or gas provider; see below for details










Program Administrator Energy Trust of Oregon
Website http://energytrust.org/residential/incentives/solar-water-heating/SolarWater
Date added to DSIRE 2003-10-30
Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-22
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2013-05-22


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Beginning in the fall of 2003, Energy Trust of Oregon's Solar Water Heating (SWH) Incentive Program offers incentives to customers of Pacific Power, PGE, NW Natural Gas and Cascade Natural Gas who install solar water or pool heating systems on their homes, office buildings, community buildings, agricultural, and municipal facilities. Energy Trust is a nonprofit organization created to invest public purpose funding in energy efficiency and renewable energy development in Oregon.

Commercial incentives are calculated by multiplying the incentive rate by the estimated annual energy savings and residential incentives are a flat rate per system based on the location of the system. Zone 1 is Northwest Oregon, and Zones 2 and 3 are Southwest Oregon and East of the Cascades. The incentive is paid to the solar contractor and deducted from the customer's final cost as follows:

For PGE and Pacific Power residential and commercial customers using electric water heating:

  • Residential solar water heating: $1,000 for customers in Zone 1 and $1,200 for customers located in Zones 2 and 3
  • Residential solar pool heating: $3.00 per square foot of collector area
  • Solar pool heating using unglazed collectors (outdoor pools): $3.00 per square foot of collector area, up to 50% of project cost
  • Solar pool heating using unglazed collectors (indoor pools): $4.50 per square foot of collector area up to 50% of project cost
  • Solar pool heating using glazed collectors (indoor and outdoor pools): $6.00/therm or $0.40/kWh up to 35% of project cost
  • Commercial and multifamily solar water heating: $0.40 per first-year kilowatt-hour (kWh) savings For NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas customers using gas water heating:
    • Residential solar water heating: $550 for customers in Zone 1 and $700 for customers in Zones 2 and 3
    • Solar pool heating using unglazed collectors (outdoor pools): $3.00 per square foot of collector area, up to 50% of project cost
    • Solar pool heating using unglazed collectors (indoor pools): $4.50 per square foot of collector area up to 50% of project cost
    • Solar pool heating using glazed collectors (indoor and outdoor pools): $6.00/therm or $0.40/kWh up to 35% of project cost
    • Commercial and multifamily solar water heating: $6.00 per first-year therm savings The Energy Trust SWH Program has installation standards and maintains a list of eligible residential systems. To be eligible, residential systems must be Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) OG-300 rated and must also meet additional Energy Trust requirements. Energy Trust maintains a list of contractors and will provide referrals to contractors from their trade ally network. The contractor will help select a solar water heating system and provide a system quote estimating annual performance, installation date, and the cost after incentive deductions. The contractor will explain maintenance and warranty details and how to apply for tax credits available from the state and federal governments. Oregon also offers renewable energy personal tax credits.

      Incentive Contact

      Contact Name Dave McClelland
      Department Energy Trust of Oregon
      
      
      Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
      
      
      Place Portland, Oregon
      Zip/Postal Code 97204
      Phone (503) 459-4073
      
      
      
      
      Email info@energytrust.org
      Website http://www.energytrust.org
           
      
           
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

      • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

      References

      1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"