Facts on the Oregon Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 163 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Oregon, employing 2,999 people2.
- In 2015, Oregon installed 30 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 19th nationally. Installed solar capacity in Oregon has grown by 261% over the last year3.
- In 2015, $71 million was invested on solar installations in Oregon. This represents a 157% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- The 129 MW of solar energy currently installed in Oregon ranks the state 21st in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 15,000 homes.
- Over the next five years, Oregon is expected to install 1,386 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 15th over that time span. This amount is more than 16 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
- Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.
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Notable Installations in Oregon
- Bellevue Solar Project in Yamhill County was completed in 2011 by developer EDF Renewables. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 2 MW of electricity--enough to power over 200 Oregon homes4.
- At 5 MW, Outback Solar Project in Lake County is among the largest solar installations in Oregon. Completed in 2011 by Obsidian Finance Group, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 600 homes5.
- Several large retailers in Oregon have gone solar, including Walgreens, Kohl's, REI, Safeway, and Intel. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 497 kW of solar capacity at their location in Portland6.
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Solar Companies in Oregon
There are currently more than 163 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oregon. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 37 manufacturers, 12 manufacturing facilities, 70 contractor/installers, 13 project developers, 10 distributors and 33 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Oregon.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Oregon.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Oregon offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
Oregon Public Utilities Commission – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Oregon public utilities
Oregon State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Oregon
DSIRE Incentives Database - Oregon – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Oregon and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Oregon State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government