The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) maintains information about the incentives and tax credits available to Oregon homeowners.
Leasing Vs. Buying
When you purchase a solar electric system outright, it is your responsibility to keep your system in good working order. If you choose to lease solar, whichever company you choose to work with will own the system and will be responsible for performing repairs and maintenance. This method offers a smaller upfront out-of-pocket commitment and the lease, or power purchasing agreement, is for a specific period of time. At the end of the lease, you are given the option to purchase the system or have it removed. For more information please visit Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website.
Oregon law allows all utility customers to generate their own electricity and reduce their electricity bills through installing a photovoltaic energy system. Your utility provider will switch out your existing utility meter for a bidirectional "net" meter which tracks the power you acquire from the utility, and what you send back to the grid. The power you use from your utility is offset by the power you send to grid and you are only charged for the difference or the "net”. If more power is generated than used in a billing period, your bill will show no kilowatt hour usage charges, and you will only be responsible for basic utility service charges. For more information visit Energy Trust of Oregon’s site directly.