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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Energy Conservation Tax Credits - Small Premium Projects (Personal)   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/17/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Siding, Roofs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Unspecified Technologies, Cool Roofs, LED Lighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Varies by solicitation
Maximum Incentive:$7,000 per project
The sum of all incentives, grants, credits, or other public funds may not exceed total project costs
Eligible System Size:Projects must cost less than $20,000
Equipment Requirements:Varies by technology. See program website.
Program Budget:Approximately $1 million of tax credits available July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Start Date:2011
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 3672
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 4079
Authority 3:
OAR 330-210-0000 to 330-210-0150
Authority 4:
ORS ยง 469B

The Oregon Department of Energy periodically releases Opportunity Announcements for tax credits for energy conservation projects. Energy conservation projects include projects with investments for which the first year energy savings yields a simple payback period of greater than three years. Projects with a total cost of less than $20,000 may qualify for the Small Premium Projects program; larger projects can apply for the Competitively-Selected Projects program.  Projects must intent to begin construction within 12 months of the award. Tax incentive amounts vary with each Opportunity Announcement, but may not exceed 35% of project costs. Possible types of technologies may include:

  • Adjustable flow irrigation pumping
  • Agricultural irrigation system improvement
  • Boiler-bent dampers
  • Building envelope thermal improvement
  • Compressed air systems components
  • Direct-fired radiant heating in high volume space
  • Ductless heat pumps with variable refrigerant flow
  • Energy improvements to commercial greenhouses
  • High performance homebuilding
  • Heat pump service hot water heating
  • Industrial piping insulation
  • LED outdoor lighting
  • Premium efficiency electric air conditioning equipment
  • Solar thermal water heating 

Qualifying project costs include:

  • Project components
  • Fees to design or engineer the project
  • Title searches, escrow fees, permits, licenses
  • Materials and supplies needed for erection, construction, installation and acquisition of the project
  • Work performed by employees or contractors that meet certain requirements
  • Certain legal fees related to the development of the project  

Check the program web site for information regarding current solicitations, requirements, and application materials.

  Public Information Officer - ODOE
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97301-3737
Phone: (503) 378-4040
Phone 2: (800) 221-8035
Fax: (503) 373-7806
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.

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