brg_admin | Feb 1, 2019 | 0
Sustainability: Solar Beaverton Campaign
By City Sustainability Staff
The sun is shining, the incentives are great and the Solar Beaverton campaign is nearing its August 15th deadline. This campaign is meant to provide interested Beaverton households with solar information and the opportunity to install solar PV at discounted group rates. Using residential solar lowers energy bills, can increase energy independence and reduces carbon emissions. The two area solar contractors the City has partnered with are Sunlight Solar and Elemental Energy, both of which applied through a competitive bidding process and are trade allies of the Energy Trust of Oregon.
Incentives include the soon to disappear Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credits (RETC). The RETC is a tax credit of up to $6,000 applied over 4 years or limited to 50% of the system cost. It was decided by the Oregon State Legislature not to expand the RETC for 2018 so installing solar in 2017 is the last year to utilize this great incentive. Other incentives include the Energy Trust of Oregon Solar Incentive if you are an Oregon customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. The utilities set the rates and they are updated frequently throughout the year, but the sooner you act the greater the incentive will be. The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) covers 30% of the total amount owed to the contractor and is credited to your federal taxes.
If you are interested in learning about solar or have thought of installing don’t miss the last Solar Beaverton workshop on Tuesday, August 15th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Beaverton Main Library.
For more information visit the City’s Sustainability Program webpage at: www.beavertonoregon.gov/green.