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Portland Solar Information Guide

With a progressive spirit, Portland Oregon has always remained at the forefront for embracing innovative technological industries.  It is no surprise that Portland is not hesitating to support renewable energy sources such as solar power, and even belongs to the U.S. Department or Energy’s 25 cities of Solar America program.   Oregon has jumped aboard and installed panels on the state capitol and also created the nation’s first solar highway to fuel highway lights.  The state has rapidly grown in solar energy the past five years and reached about 50% grid-connected photovoltaic capacity. The state’s promising future shows a potential production of 68,000,000 MWh’s annually from solar, which exceeds the state’s current total electricity consumption.

Contrary to common belief, solar panels can still provide an ample amount of electricity even in the rainy, cloudy Pacific Northwest.  In fact, Portland receives more sunshine than cities in Germany and Japan, yet these countries have seen the largest growth in solar energy in the past decade.  Germany is producing 50% of the world’s solar energy, and receives 10% fewer hours of sunlight per year than Portland.  Portland actually receives as much sunlight annually as the average U.S. city.  In addition, the panels sometimes collect more of the sun’s energy due to the region’s passing clouds because of the “edge of cloud” effect.  This happens when the sun’s light is being reflected as it peeks around the cloud. Because of their electronic technology, solar panels operate at higher efficiency in cooler climates.

Portland receives 144 days of sunshine per year, and approximately 5.4 hours of sunlight per day on average.  This can range from 1.8 hours per day in January, and 10.5 hours per day in July.  However, it is important to note that a building’s ability to utilize solar energy  is based on cumulative sunlight hours per year, not per day. In other words, a cloudy day won’t hurt you.  This is because, if you live in a city or suburb, your power company figures it’s payouts to you based on annual solar energy production, not daily production.   With advantageous characteristics, Portland is a very feasible location to invest in solar powered renewable.  Solar is a brighter way to lower electricity bills, add property value, and clean the earth.

Portland Solar Information Guide

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Portland Solar Initiatives

Portland Solar Initiatives

Oregon's 25 by 25 Renewable Standard Portfolio (RPS) illustrates the city's commitment to provide 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In 2009, the RPS was revised to include a specific solar energy goal, aiming for 20 MW of photovoltaic capacity by 2020.

Portland Solar Incentives

Portland Solar Incentives

As of 2007, Oregon offers a net-metering program, which allows utility companies to compensate their customers who produce their own solar energy by paying full retail cost for their unused energy. This way, customers can sell their extra energy back to the grid system utilities and help pay off installation costs. An alternative to net metering is a state incentive called the Solar Payment Option where residents are offered Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) if they purchase solar systems. This means Portland General Electric (PGE) will pay for the power you generate and use. Also, various loan programs offered by GreenStreet Lending and the Oregon Small-Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) offer fee and closing cost-free loans at low, fixed rates to help finance initial installation costs.
The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) funds a variety of renewable energy programs to support customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Their Solar Electric program supports customers of PGE and Pacific Power who invest in solar systems, with PGE paying $1/watt to public entity systems using solar.

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