Download Information and Forms
- Solar Energy Savings & Net Metering Explanation (PDF)
- Solar Energy – Frequently Asked Questions
- Net Metering Application (PDF)
- Net Metering Interconnection Agreement (PDF)
- Net Metering Certificate of Completion (PDF)
Estimate Solar System Cost & Payback Time
Curious what a solar system might cost, or what the payback time might be? Use this calculator to find out. Note: The PUD’s residential electric rate is 7.19¢/kWh, so be sure to use that figure instead of the default rate in the form.
Your installer should be able to provide more details on state and federal programs.
- If you have questions about solar energy, contact Mike Arend by email or at (503) 366-9912.
- Read a guide to solar from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.
SHMS Solar Project
The rooftop at the new St. Helens Middle School is outfitted with 590 solar panels, making it the largest solar system in our territory.
That collection of panels gives SHMS a total system size of 218.3 kW. For comparison, the average residential system in our territory is about 6 kW.
Along with the system, St. Helens School District staff has access to an online dashboard showing real-time energy production. Data from the dashboard indicate the middle school produced 134,670 kWh in 2021, the first full year such data was available. That’s about one-third of the total electricity the school used that year, or enough to power about 10 average homes for the whole year.
The solar panels were installed in accordance with Oregon state law requiring public entities spend 1.5% of new public building costs on green energy technology.