Small Wind Incentive Program (Oregon)
Last modified on December 17, 2014.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Small Wind Incentive Program|
|Incentive Type||State Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Wineries|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| 5.00/kWh estimated average energy output (AEO) for systems with estimated annual energy output of 9,500 kWh or less|
47,500 plus 1.75/kWh estimated AEO over 9,500 kWh
|Eligible System Size||Up to 50 kW, though larger systems could be eligible under a custom incentive program. Energy Trust is working with the ITAC to develop a list of mid-sized turbines.|
|Equipment Requirements|| All installed wind turbines must be on the list of Energy Trust qualified wind turbines.|
The tower height must be a minimum of 70 feet.
|Funding Source||Public Benefits Fund|
|Installation Requirements|| System must be installed by an Energy Trust Small Wind Trade Ally.|
The property must be at least one acre, although a larger property is encouraged.
|Maximum Incentive||Up to 50% of total installed cost. Energy Trust incentives will be reduced to ensure the total of all incentives, grants, tax credits, etc. do not exceed 50% of total installed cost.|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits||60% of RECs will accrue to Energy Trust and 40% to the owner, translating to an initial six years of REC ownership for the customer and the remaining nine years for Energy Trust.|
|Program Administrator||Energy Trust of Oregon|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s Small Wind Incentive program provides resources and cash incentives for customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power that are installing turbines up to 50 kilowatts (kW). Larger systems are allowed to participate, but must contact Energy Trust for approval. Incentive levels are as follows:
- $5.00 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for systems with estimated annual energy output of 9,500 kWh or less
- $47,500 (equivalent to $5/kWh for the first 9,500 kWh of estimated annual energy output) plus $1.75/kWh for systems with estimated annual energy output over 9,500 kWh
If a project owner installs more than one system on a single property at the same time, the systems will be considered as one turbine, and their estimated annual energy output will be added together to calculate the incentive. Incentives for additional turbines on that property built one or more years later after the initial installation will be calculated separately. 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 10 Trade Ally contractors.
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 the federal tax credit of 30%.
|Contact Name||Public Information Officer - Energy Trust|
|Department||The Energy Trust of Oregon|
|Address||421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300|
|Phone 2||(866) 368-7878|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.