Oregon Solar News

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Oregon Solar Soft Cost Survey


Energy Trust, in collaboration with Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed this survey to clarify what contributes to the cost of solar installations in Oregon. Survey questions ask about your Oregon solar installations and their associated costs in Q1 and Q2 of 2016 and the survey results will be compared to benchmark values from the 2014 Oregon installer survey. This worksheet provides the survey questions so you can collect any necessary information before beginning.

In order for your company to be counted, we have extended the completion deadline to Wednesday, November 30th. The survey should take 30-45 minutes to complete. Follow the link to begin the survey now: https://hbb.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_aW7aiZ1S8BsgryJ

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Revision to Solar Electric Installation Requirements


Announcement: Revision to Solar Electric Installation Requirements – remote shade analysis is approved to qualify for incentives effective November 14, 2016

Dear solar electric trade allies,

Effective immediately, Energy Trust of Oregon will allow approved remote shade analysis tools to qualify for solar electric incentives. A solar resource assessment from an approved shade analysis tool is required to be submitted as part of the incentive application packet. In the past, Energy Trust required a measurement to be taken at the proposed installation site from the location with the lowest TSRF value. Effective November 14th, Energy Trust is expanding the acceptable shade evaluation methods under Section 2.5 of the Solar Electric Installation Requirements to include remote shade analysis.

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Personal Thanks to Margie Harris, Energy Trust Executive Director


The year 1999 was pivotal for Oregon energy policy. The Oregon legislature adopted Senate Bill 1149 that year that has provided the basis for energy and utility regulation since. The bill was a wide-ranging piece of legislation that dealt with lots of issues. But perhaps most important, the bill created a stream of funding for increased energy efficiency and renewable resources and also gave the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) the authority to contract with “an independent third-party nonprofit organization” to administer those funds.

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Energy Trust Solar Trade Ally Summit Seeks to Build Resilient Solar Businesses


By Pamela Cargill - The business of solar installation is evolving again like it did in 2008 during the economic shakeup that launched third-party ownership, and before that in 2007 when polysilicon prices created module shortages. Each time, the industry catapulted from the strife with new business models and technologies. Installers who survived these upsets emerged more resilient than ever before.

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Energy Trust program ups the solar ante


Energy Trust is ready to start doling out its 2016 solar project incentives for utility customers.

The energy efficiency nonprofit has $10 million in incentives for solar projects for residential and commercial customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power. Read more here.

The projects will be available for customers of both PGE and Pacific Power.

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Energy Trust: Solar 2015 year in review, 2016 preview


Congratulations to the Oregon solar industry for closing out another record-breaking year. With the recent five-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit, we expect more record breaking years in the future.

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Unlicensed contractors cannot bid solar installations

Stan Jessup, Enforcement Manger for the Construction Contractors Board (CCB), recently authored a brief refresher on Oregon's contractor laws as they apply to solar installation and sales for Energy Trust's Insider blog for trade ally contractors. Did you know the requirement to hold a contractor's license does not apply only to the physical construction work itself? Contractors must be licensed with the Oregon CCB in order to advertise, submit bids or enter into contracts for construction work with homeowners in the state of Oregon. Licensed subcontractors who knowingly assist an unlicensed contractor to act in violation of state contractor laws can also face penalties. Read the full article for more information.

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