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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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New Homes Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/19/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Heat pumps, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Builders, Contractors
Amount:Varies based on number of energy efficient measures installed; can range from $400 to $5,400
Equipment Requirements:Equipment receiving incentive must exceed code and must not be used to meet code
Funding Source:Public Benefits Fund
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Energy Trust's New Homes Program offers builders cash incentives for energy efficient measures included in new homes, where the measures exceed the building code. Lighting upgrades, whole home performance upgrades, higher levels of insulation, high-efficiency equipment, better windows, air sealing and solar systems are eligible for incentives under this offering. The more energy-efficient a home is above code, the more incentives a builder can qualify for. See the program overview for a sample of some of the incentives available.

Most incentives are based on a home's Energy Performance Score (EPS), a measurement tool that assesses a home's energy consumption, estimated utility costs and carbon impact. The EPS allows builders to clearly demonstrate how efficient the home is beyond code and helps homebuyers compare homes based on energy costs and efficiency. The EPS can work with any certification, such as ENERGY STAR, Earth Advantage, LEED and Oregon High Performance Homes.

It is recommended that builders contact Energy Trust during the design stage.  In order to receive an EPS and an incentive, the home must be inspected by a third party verifier before drywall is installed.  If the building plans are set or construction has just begun, Energy Trust will provide free project modeling using the home plans.

Energy Trust only offers incentives for homes within Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, and Cascade Natural Gas service territories in Oregon.

  New Homes Program
Energy Trust of Oregon
100 SW Main Street, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (877) 283-0698
Fax: (855) 575-4315
Web Site:
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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.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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