Oregon Goes Solar with SunPower®
Home solar energy is on a roll in Oregon
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?
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.
What legal considerations affect solar power in Oregon?
It may be due to the challenges of the Northwest weather that Oregon has implemented so many regulations and agreements regarding solar energy. The 2007 RPS was one of the earliest changes to energy efficiency in the state, but there have been many more since.
The Western Energy Imbalance Market allows sunnier areas along the West Coast of California, for example - to share the excess energy with states like Oregon and Washington that have fewer sunny days. Northwest Solar Communities have a similar function, allowing areas to connect and share energy as well as providing grants that lower costs.
In addition to the 26% federal tax credit (ITC) that some customers may qualify for on solar installations,* Oregon offers its own tax credits, though they have a cap of $6,000. There is also a 100% property tax incentive for those who add solar power.
- *. State and Federal tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
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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