Oregon Solar News

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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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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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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