The Springfield Utility Board (SUB) works with their commercial customers to identify oppurtunities to improve new and existing facilities' lighting efficiency. Rebates and incentives exist for new construction, one-for-one replacement of existing lights, and large scale replacement lighting implementation. The program's website provides helpful documentation laying out specific program guidelines, rebate applications, lighting requirments, and information on how their lighting measures affect LEED scores.
The Springfield Utility Board provides industrial customers with a comprehensive report to identify cost effective efficiency improvements. Eligible measures include high efficiency motors, adjustable speed drives, process modifications, compressed air system improvements, energy efficient lighting, energy management control systems, cooling tower conversions, heat recovery equipment, and chiller installations. Load management and billing assessments also qualify. The utility provides incentives for qualifying projects based on the first year savings multiplied by an agreed upon ¢/kWh.
Oregon has several laws that protect access to solar and wind resources and the use of solar energy systems. Oregon's solar access laws date back to 1979 and state that no person conveying or contracting to convey a property title can include provisions that prohibit the use of solar energy systems on the property. Any provisions that prohibit the use of solar energy systems are void and unenforceable. Solar energy systems are defined broadly to include anything that uses solar radiation for heating, cooling, or electrical energy.
Beginning in the fall of 2003, Energy Trust of Oregon's Solar Water Heating (SWH) Incentive Program offers incentives to customers of Pacific Power, PGE, NW Natural Gas and Cascade Natural Gas who install solar water or pool heating systems on their homes, office buildings, community buildings, agricultural, and municipal facilities. Energy Trust is a nonprofit organization created to invest public purpose funding in energy efficiency and renewable energy development in Oregon.
'''''NOTE: Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, and Idaho Power are now accepting applications for the volumetric incentive program. Subsequent re-openings will take place every six months until the capacity for the program is full. The rates listed below are for the round beginning April 1, 2013. New rates will be set for the subsequent round beginning October 1, 2013.
Legislation enacted in May 2013 made changes to the volumetric incentive and payment program. Some of these changes will require the PUC to develop new rules for the program going forward.'''''
With the passage of HB 3516 in June 2011, solar permit application approval is a "ministerial function", provided a system meets certain guidelines. To qualify for this simplified permitting process, a solar system must not expand the footprint or peak height of the residential or commercial structure that the system is installed upon. The system must also be aligned so that it is parallel to the slope of the roof.
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s (Energy Trust) Solar Electric Incentive Program, launched in May 2003, is available to customers of Pacific Power and PGE who install new photovoltaic (PV) systems on new or existing homes, commercial and community buildings, farms, and municipal facilities. Incentive amounts are as follows:
The Oregon Small-Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) - created in 1981 after voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the sale of bonds to finance small-scale, local energy projects - is administered by the Oregon Department of Energy. The sale of bonds is made on a periodic basis and, occasionally, may be done accommodate a particularly large loan request.
The program offers low-interest loans for projects that:
* Save energy;
* Produce energy from renewable resources such as water, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, waste materials or waste heat;
The Energy Trust of Oregon’s Small Wind Incentive program provides resources and cash incentives for customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power that are installing turbines up to 50 kilowatts (kW). Larger systems are allowed to participate, but must contact Energy Trust for approval. Incentive levels are as follows:
* $5.00 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for systems with estimated annual energy output of 9,500 kWh or less