Solar power for the City of Roses

The state of solar in Portland

Portland may have a reputation for rain, but 83% of the rooftops in the city are still solar viable*—and residents are making the most of them. Portland made the Environment America Research & Policy Center’s Shining Cities report as a Solar Star for the first time in 2020, one of just 26 such cities in the U.S.

How much solar energy does Portland produce?

In December 2019, Portland had an installed solar capacity of 37.82 MW, equating to 57.9 Watts per capita. Based on those numbers, the city ranked 21st in the nation for total capacity and 23rd per capita. However, in April of 2021, ten new solar installations were completed in the area with a capacity of 33 MW, nearly doubling Portland’s previous total.*

What are the advantages of going solar in Portland?

The potential for electricity cost savings is among the most common reasons for going solar. A 5 kW system has the potential to offer electricity cost savings as high as $16,000 over 20 years of use. You may recoup your installation costs in 11-12 years. After that, you’ll enjoy virtually free electricity.

Home battery storage also offers the additional advantage of improved energy security. You’ll get peace of mind that even if the grid goes down, your home will have power. No more worrying about whether your fridge or freezer will stay cold enough until the power comes back on!

Finally, going solar also has environmental benefits. Solar is a carb-neutral energy source and can help reduce carbon emissions in our community.

How much does solar cost in Portland?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Available unshaded roof space

  • Home energy needs

  • Quality of the solar system

  • Local permitting fees

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by a third-party source for thousands of homeowners across the country.* In Portland, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,700 to $14,000, or in other words, from $2.54 to $2.80 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

If you purchase your solar system rather than lease it, you may be able to claim the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The Oregon solar electric incentive program also offers a rebate worth $0.20 to $0.30 per watt, depending on your system and utility company.

Portland General Electric (PGE) customers are eligible for up to $2,400 per household, while Pacific Power customers can claim up to $1,200 per household.*

With a grid-tied system, there’s also Oregon’s net metering policy, which provides a credit on your electric bill for extra any excess electricity produced by your solar panels.*

What’s the best way to go solar in Portland?

Working with a solar provider is the best way to simplify the process of going solar. However, keep in mind that solar systems can vary in quality, appearance, and durability by provider—it's vital to choose a reputable company.

Additionally, the system size and number of panels you’ll need will depend on your budget, available roof space, energy needs, and production goals. For example, suppose you want to generate surplus power to store in a battery onsite or sell back to your utility provider. In that case, you may choose a large system with high-efficiency panels covering all available roof space.

If you would prefer to minimize costs or need to comply with HOA regulations regarding your home’s appearance, a smaller system with fewer high-efficiency panels can maximize energy production.

Request a free consultation today to get started. We’ll follow up with a quick call to schedule a time, or you can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

Looking for commercial solar in Portland?

SunPower is the top commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.

  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Renewable Energy World. 33-MW of solar capacity installed across 10 projects in Portland, Oregon. April 2021.
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. The availability of tax credits and incentives is subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020.
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