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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 12/05/2012
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Residential net-metered systems: $1.70/W-AC; Commercial net-metered systems: $1.00/W-AC
Maximum Incentive:Residential net-metered systems: $6,000; Commercial net-metered systems: $20,000
Equipment Requirements:All system equipment must be UL-listed. All PV modules and inverters must be listed and rated by the CEC.
Installation Requirements:Systems must be inspected by city or county building officials, and by EWEB. A building permit is required.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Stays with customer if the system net-meters.
Granted to EWEB if customer takes the performance-based incentive.
Funding Source:EWEB Greenpower Program
Start Date:1/25/2008
Web Site:

Note: EWEB is no longer accepting applications for 2012 incentives. Information regarding 2013 incentives will be available in late December 2012 on the program web site.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board's (EWEB) Solar Electric Program offers financial incentives for residential and commercial customers who generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebates are available to customers who choose to net meter, and a performance-based incentive is available to customers with systems greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity who choose not to net meter. Under the latter arrangement, all electricity generated is fed into the grid.

The rebate for residential customers who choose to net meter is $1.70 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $6,000. The rebate for commercial customers who choose to net meter is $1.00 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $20,000. Rebate amounts are based on the electrical output of the system after equipment and site losses are calculated. Under the rebate program, customers retain ownership of all renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with customer generation.  There is a reservation system for customers taking the rebate under the net metering program, with aggregate caps for each of three reservation periods. 

PV systems sized 10 kW to 1 megawatt (MW) in capacity that are designed to generate and feed electricity directly into the grid -- an arrangement under which the customer uses none of the electricity generated by the PV system -- are eligible for a production payment of $0.071-$0.11 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated, payable for 10 years (but subject to annual review). The level of the incentive varies, depending on the season and level of monthly kWh generation. These "direct generation" systems require a separate EWEB service and electric meter to measure the amount of kWh generated. Under this program, EWEB assumes ownership of all RECs associated with customer generation.

All system owners must execute an EWEB interconnection agreement and program agreement. A building permit is required, and all systems must be inspected first by city or county building officials and then by EWEB. All system equipment must be UL-listed. All PV modules and inverters must be listed and rated in the California Energy Commission’s Emerging Renewables Program. This list is available on the Go Solar California's Eligible Solar Equipment website.

  Colleen Wedin
Eugene Water & Electric Board
PO Box 10148
Eugene, OR 97440-2148
Phone: (541) 685-7000
Fax: (541) 685-7303
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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