The state of solar power in Oregon

Oregon may seem an unlikely place for solar energy to flourish, given its often cloudy, rainy climate. However, Oregon ranks 19th in the nation for its use of solar power. Despite the dreary weather, the sun shines intensely in the summer. Plus, there are many systems in place that allow for the collection of excess solar energy and even energy sharing along the West Coast.


How much solar power does Oregon produce?

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) - Oregon produces 611.66MW of solar electricity—enough to power 73,637 homes. That energy comes from a total of 18,539 solar installations across the state, providing 1.42% of Oregon’s total energy.

Is solar power generation feasible in Oregon?

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In 2007, Oregon implemented its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This regulation states that by 2015, 25% of Oregon’s energy must come from renewable energy sources of some kind.

While the overcast weather and frequent rain are valid concerns when it comes to solar power, Oregon has agreements like the Western Energy Imbalance Market that allow sunnier areas to share the wealth of energy. Net metering also assists in dispersing surplus energy where necessary.

You can also choose to be paid for your surplus energy. Solar power is a long-term investment that yields large savings over time. While the up-front cost is high, a solar power system can pay for itself in reduced energy bills over about 12 years.

How much does solar cost in Oregon?

Solar energy is designed to be a lasting investment, reducing energy costs over time despite its high initial costs. The starting costs vary widely depending on energy needs and system size.

How can I start using solar in Oregon?

There are fewer challenges to starting out with solar power in Oregon than you may think! Once you assess your energy needs, all you need is someone to install it.

That's where SunPower comes in. Our network of SunPower dealers and installers won't just install your system - we're here for free consultations, and we do site assessments and provide lease services when you need them. We'll work with you whether you're a homeowner, business, or a government agency. If you'd like to get in touch, visit our website or call us at (800) 786-7693.


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