Did you know? You can use your roof to generate electricity or to heat water for showers and laundry. Installing a solar system on your roof continues a great Northwest tradition - renewable energy.
Curious what a solar system might cost, or what the payback time might be? This website can help you calculate those figures: http://www.solar-estimate.org. Note: The PUD's residential electric rate is $0.064/kWh, so be sure to use that figure instead of the default rate in the form.
Stand-alone systems qualify for a higher rebate. Systems that are installed as part of a group buying program, called a “Solarize” community, qualify for a lower rebate.
|Installed on a Home||Installed on a Business|
|PUD Rebate - Not in a "Solarize" Community||$1.50/watt, up to $3,500||$1.00/watt, up to $3,500|
|PUD Rebate - In a "Solarize" Community||$1.00/watt, up to $2,100||$0.75/Watt, up to $2,100|
$600 per qualified electric/solar water heating system.
Tax credits may be available. Consult your tax advisor for rules regarding tax credits.
State Tax Credits - For more information on the State of Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credits please visit www.oregon.gov/energy.
Federal Tax Credits - For more information on Federal Tax Credits please visit www.energystar.gov.
In partnership with the PUD and Bonneville Environmental Foundation, St. Helens High School has installed a 1.1 kilowatt solar electric system. The project educates students and teachers about the functions and benefits of solar electric power while providing clean energy to help offset a portion of the school's electric use.