Oregon Department of Energy

The Oregon Department of Energy works to reduce the long-term cost of energy for Oregonians. The department administers a low-interest state energy loan program, a business incentive program that provides grants for renewable energy generation projects, and a residential tax credit program for solar PV, space and water heating installations.

Oregon has a history of leading the way in energy conservation, renewable energy development and emissions reduction. In 1997, Oregon established a CO2 emissions performance standard for new energy facilities. It created one of the first state net metering laws in 1999, and in 2002 became the first state to install solar PV on its capitol building. State law requires new public buildings to invest in solar or geothermal for their facilities and Oregon adopted a state solar specialty code in 2010.

The Oregon Department of Energy provides technical assistance to those seeking to develop renewable energy projects, and its residential incentives have led to the installation of nearly 6,000 solar PV systems. The department’s Planning, Policy and Technical Analysis Division contributes expertise and guidance on solar policy, financing, and interconnection. Supported by a U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot grant, the division serves as the Oregon state lead of the Northwest Solar Communities effort, leads the Interconnection Best Practices work group, and sits on the steering committee.

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