HB 2618 (2019) created a new solar and solar plus storage rebate program at the Oregon Department of Energy. The program issues rebates for solar electric systems and paired solar and solar storage systems for residential customers and low-income service providers in Oregon.
How Much is Available for Rebates?
ODOE has $2 million allocated for rebates and program administration.
- In a calendar year, at least 25 percent of available rebate dollars will be reserved for systems for low- or moderate-income residential customers and low-income service providers.
- In a calendar year, no more than 50 percent of available rebate dollars may be used to issue rebates for non-residential solar or solar plus storage systems.
We will update this page with remaining funds as rebates are requested.
Low- and Moderate-Income Households and Low-Income Service Providers (LMI)
|Requested Funds (as of 4/22/2020)||$750,000+|
|Remaining Rebate Budget for LMI||$0|
Non-Income Restricted Residential Rebates
|Requested Funds (as of 4/15/2020)||$750,000+|
|Remaining Rebate Budget (non-restricted)||$0|
At this time, we have received rebate requests in excess of available funds.
Important Budget Note
ODOE has received notice of likely budget reductions to the Solar + Storage Rebate program following the May 2020 revenue forecast. We have also been told those reductions could increase during a legislative special session later this year. ODOE will begin approving rebate reservations up to the maximum funding available in the low- and moderate-income residential and low-income service provider funding bucket. We will also review and approve non-income qualified residential reservations totaling up to approximate $105,000 in the order they are received as outlined under OAR 330-240-120(4).
We will provide updates as the legislature makes further budget decisions.
How Much is an Individual Rebate?
Rebates may cover up to 40 percent of the net cost* for a residential system installed for a customer that is not considered low- or moderate-income, up to 60 percent of net cost for a low- or moderate-income customer, and up to 50 percent for a low-income service provider.
For residential projects, the maximum rebate is $5,000 for a solar electric system and $2,500 for an energy storage system. For low-income service providers, the caps are $30,000 for solar electric and $15,000 for an energy storage system. See the Administrative Rules for detailed incentive calculations for solar systems and storage systems.
*ODOE defines the net cost of a system as the total of all eligible costs minus any incentive provided by an electric utility or by Energy Trust of Oregon.
Am I Eligible for a Rebate?
Solar and storage installations must be installed on real property in Oregon by an ODOE-approved contractor. In the case of a paired solar and storage system, they must be purchased together by the same approved contractor. Solar installations must also meet minimum Total Solar Resource Fraction measurements (your contractor will calculate this) and other required technical criteria.
Low- or Moderate-Income Residential Customers
Customers can qualify under the Low- or Moderate-Income program one of three ways:
- The homeowner is determined eligible for certain Oregon Housing and Community Services programs. See LMI Eligibility Option 1 form for more information.
- The homeowner is determined eligible for certain Oregon Department of Human Services or Oregon Health Authority programs. See LMI Eligibility Option 2 form for more information
- The homeowner can prove qualifying household income. The homeowner must provide an Oregon Department of Revenue tax transcript for each tax filer residing at the household physical address. See LMI Eligibility Option 3 form for more information
Low-Income Service Providers
Organizations eligible as “low-income service providers” include:
- Developers/owners of affordable multifamily housing that are eligible for public assistance administered by Oregon Housing & Community Services.
- A community service organization (public, tribal, or a 501(c) nonprofit) whose primary purpose is to offer health, dental, social, financial, energy conservation, or other assistive services to households below 100 percent of the state median income by household size.
- A tribal or local government entity, such as a city, county, or school district that uses public buildings to provide services to low- or moderate-income individuals, or to provide emergency shelter and/or communications in disaster situations.
See the Administrative Rules for complete eligibility requirements. Community service organizations and tribal or local government entities are encouraged to email us to become qualified as an eligible low-income service provider.
How Do I Receive a Rebate?
Rebates are paid to the ODOE-approved contractor who installs the system. The rebate amount will be passed on to the customer as savings on the net cost of the system. Contractors may begin submitting rebate reservations at 8 a.m. on January 22, 2020.
How Do I Find an Approved Contractor?
Click here to download a list of approved contractors. We will update this list regularly.
How Do I Become an Approved Contractor?
Interested contractors can sign up through ODOE’s customer service portal. First-time users must begin by clicking on “register” to create an account. You may then sign in to complete the requested information. ODOE staff will follow up to confirm successful enrollment in the program.
Contractors will usePowerClerkto reserve rebates and complete the application process. ODOE has developed anonline user guide for contractorsto use the PowerClerk system. Please contact the Solar + Storage Rebate Team if you have questions. Program Timeline
|June 2019||HB 2618 passed by the Oregon Legislature|
|August 9, 2019||HB 2618 signed by Governor Brown|
|September 29, 2019||HB 2618 effective date (91 days after sine die)|
|Fall 2019||Program rulemaking process|
|December 19, 2019||Administrative Rules filed with the Secretary of State|
|January 1, 2020||Program launch, contractors may sign up for the program|
|January 22, 2020||Contractors may begin submitting rebate reservations|
|April 15, 2020||An additional $375,000 in available funding for non-income restricted rebates will be released for reservations|