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Solar for your Home

While Portland certainly endure long stretches of cloudy winter and spring days, we also enjoy lots of lengthy, uninterrupted days of summer and fall sunshine. In fact, Portland gets substantially more sun than Germany — the world’s leader in reliable, pollution-free solar energy use.

Participate in the solar revolution by yourself, with neighbors or your whole community. Own or lease a system or buy green power from your utility. Generate electricity to use in your home and receive a credit from your utility for any summertime excess. A solar water heating system can slash energy use by 15 percent or more.

 


How To Install Solar

Direct ownership model couple old home solar panels

  1. Find a Contractor: Find solar contractors in the Energy Trust of Oregon's searchable database of licensed contractors: http://energytrust.org/residential/find-a-contractor/solar/.  These contractors can assess if your home is right for solar and provide you with a bid. We recommend you receive competing bids from at least two contractors.

  2. Sign Paperwork: Sign a contract with your installer, along with the paperwork for any state or local incentives. Your contractor should provide all of the forms and submit the applications on your behalf.  If you are installing solar electric (PV),  you will also need to sign a net-metering agreement with your utility.

  3. Install: Your contractor installs your system, coordinating all required permits and inspections.

  4. Claim your Tax Credits: Complete your application for a Residential Energy Tax Credit from Oregon Department of Energy. Your contractor will provide you a form and assist you. For extra forms, visit www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Solar/Support.shtml. When you complete your Federal income tax return, claim your federal tax credit with Residential Energy Credit Form 5695

Lease Model

  1. Find a Contractor: Find solar contractors in the Energy Trust of Oregon's searchable database of licensed contractors: http://energytrust.org/residential/find-a-contractor/solar/.  These contractors can assess if your home is right for solar and provide you with a bid for a leased system. We recommend you receive competing bids from at least two contractors.

  2. Sign Paperwork: Sign a contract with your installer. Lease agreements have terms ranging from 15 to 30 years. Be sure you understand the details of the agreement, including insurance requirements, production guarantees, and end of term or early buyout options.

  3. Install: Your contractor installs your system, coordinating all required permits and inspections.