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Residential Energy Tax Credit   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/02/2013
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces , Heat pumps, Heat recovery, Duct/Air sealing, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heaters
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fueling or Charging Devices, Solar Pool Heating, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:PV: $2.10/W-DC at STC
Wind Electric Systems: $2/kWh produced in first year
Spa/pool heating: $0.15/kWh saved
All other renewable technologies: $0.60/kWh saved during the first year.
Maximum Incentive:Energy efficient heating and water heating systems: $1,500 per calendar year
For all others (excluding PV, Fuel Cells and Wind Turbines): $1,500
PV, Fuel Cells and Wind Turbines: $6,000 ($1,500 per year for 4 years), up to 50% of net cost.
PV, Fuel Cells, Wind Turbines and Ground Source Heat Pumps: One tax credit per year per residence
Equipment Requirements:Must carry manufacturer’s warranty; must comply with general and specific standards in OAR 330, Division 70.
Installation Requirements:Must obtain certification from Oregon Dept. of Energy prior to installation or be installed by contractor certified by the Department.
Carryover Provisions:Excess credit may be carried forward five years following the first tax year for which any credit was allowed (must be taken over no more than 6 years altogether).
Start Date:1/1/2006
Expiration Date:1/1/2018
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 3672
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
OAR 330-070-0010 to 330-070-0097
1977, subsequently amended
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
ORS § 469B.100 et seq.
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
ORS § 316.116
1997, subsequently amended

Homeowners, renters and third-party owners who pay Oregon income taxes are eligible for the Residential Energy Tax Credit if they purchase premium-efficiency heating systems, duct systems, premium efficiency biomass combustion devices, closed-loop geothermal space or water heating systems, solar water and space heating systems, photovoltaic systems, wind systems and fuel cells.  Third-party owned systems are eligible for the tax credit, though specific requirements detailed in the administrative rules must be met. 

Renewable Energy Incentives
Photovoltaic (PV) systems are eligible for $2.10 per peak watt (W) with a maximum limit of $6,000, up to 50% of the net cost. The net cost is calculated after taking any state incentives. However, the amount claimed in any one tax year may not exceed $1,500 or the taxpayer's tax liability, whichever is less. Unused credits may be carried forward for five years. As of January 1, 2011, residents that are leasing a solar system are also eligible for the tax credit.

Solar space and water heating systems, and wind-powered mechanical systems are eligible for a credit of $0.60 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved during the first year, up to $1,500.

Fuel cells are eligible for a credit of $0.60 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved during the first year, up to $6,000 or 50% of total costs.

Spa and pool heating systems are eligible for a tax credit of 15 cents per kWh saved, up to 50% of the cost, with a maximum tax credit of $1,500.

Ground loop source heat pumps installations or upgrades and wood and pellet stoves are eligible for a credit of $0.60 per kWh saved up to $1,500. 

Wind turbine systems that produce electricity are eligible for a credit equal to the lesser of $2 per kWh produced during the first year, or $6,000.  The incentive is based on actual system production.  Wind systems must meet specific requirements for minimum production, tower height, and wind speed, among other requirements.  Systems must produce an average of 100 kWh per month, at a minimum, towers must be a minimum of 70 feet, and systems must have a minimum annual average wind speed of 10 miles per hour at hub height.

Alternative fuel devices, including facilities for mixing, storing, compressing, or dispensing fuels, are eligible for a 25% tax credit, not to exceed $750. Eligible fuels include electricity, natural gas, ethanol, methanol, propane, or other approved fuels.

Energy Efficiency Incentives
Only technologies recognized as premium efficiency by the Oregon Department of Energy are eligible for the tax credit. The Oregon Department of Energy maintains a list of qualifying technologies. The tax credit is $0.60 per first-year energy savings in kWh up to $1,500.

Heat pump water heaters must the Northern Climate specification established by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in order to qualify for the tax credit.

Previously, this credit was scheduled to expire in 2012, but HB 3672 (2011) extended the expiration date of the tax credit to January 1, 2018, with the exception of the alternative fuels vehicle portion of the tax credit which will sunset as scheduled January 1, 2012. Previously, RETC offered incentives for appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, plus air conditioners and boilers.  However, HB 3672 excluded these technologies as of January 1, 2012.  In the past, alternative fuel vehicles but this eligibility expired January 1, 2012. Alternative vehicle fueling or charging devices are eligible, beginning January 1, 2012.


  General Contact, 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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