The PGE Renewable Development Fund

The PGE Renewable Development Fund awards grants for clean energy projects in the community. These are funded by PGE customers who choose Green Future renewable energy programs. 

Your dollars, working locally

Your support of renewable energy is making a big difference in our community! See how you’re helping build new renewable energy projects right in our own backyard. Since 1999, PGE customers have supported renewable energy by choosing one of our Green Future℠ options. Their contributions support the Renewable Development Fund, which offers competitive grants for community clean energy projects. Since its inception in 1999, the Renewable Development Fund has awarded 75 projects with more than $16.5 million, creating more than 16.6 MW of renewable generation.

How the PGE Renewable Development Fund works

Eligible projects will fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Wind, solar PV, geothermal, certified Low Impact Hydro Institute hydroelectric, pipeline or irrigation canal hydroelectric, wave or tidal energy and low emissions biomass based on digester methane gas or solid organic fuels.

  • Research and development projects that facilitate renewable energy market transformation or the emergence of new renewable technologies.

  • Educational components directly associated with an RDF funded renewables project.

Preference is given to projects:

  • Hosted by a public or non-profit entity or in partnership with such an entity.

  • Located within PGE service area and/or owned by a PGE customer.

  • Benefiting environmental justice communities.

  • Providing a substantial educational, environmental and economic benefit to the community and PGE customers.

  • Demonstrating efforts to obtain all other available funding sources, including incentives, grants, tax credits, in-kind donations or other creative efforts.

Funding timeline and process

Interested parties can access the 2021 application starting April 1, 2021. The submittal deadline is June 1, 2021.

PGE will make funds available through an open and competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by third-party vendors in accordance with established evaluation criteria. Award funding is limited and will differ from project to project based on applicant request and available funding.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit questions and get more information by emailing renewabledevfund@pgn.com.

Key milestones
*tentative date

DateApril 1, 2021
MilestonePGE begins accepting applications to renewabledevfund@pgn.com inbox.
DateMay 1, 2021
MilestoneApplication milestone – deadline for eligible projects to submit their incentive applications to the Energy Trust.
DateJune 1, 2021
MilestoneApplication closes at 5 p.m. PDT.
DateDec. 9, 2021
MilestonePublic announcement of award decision (pending OPUC approval).*
DateJune 30, 2023
MilestoneDeadline for project completion.

“With PGE’s grant support for our program, we were able to provide advanced education training to our staff and offer robust STEM/STEAM experiences that has leveled the playing field for hundreds of youth in the Portland-Metro area. Throughout the grant process and after we received an award, PGE was helpful in answering all of our questions and offering valuable feedback. We strongly encourage other nonprofits to apply for the 2021-2022 grant cycle, it can make all the difference in your community!”
– Stevie Goepfert, Grants Manager at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro 2020 Renewable Development Fund award recipient

Get started

Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon

All Renewable Development Fund projects that are eligible to receive an Energy Trust installation incentive must work with an Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor and receive a cover letter through the Solar Development Assistance (SDA) incentive pathway prior to applying to the Renewable Development Fund. We encourage interested parties to work with our Energy Trust colleagues to determine proper timing.

Review award requirement information

Review all applicant resources below to make sure your project meets the Renewable Development Fund requirements, preferences, goals, and scoring criteria.

Gain support within your organization

And with project partners and community members.

Put together your project details

Discuss available funding sources, and develop a project timeline. Review PGE’s information about generating your own power.

Complete and submit your application

Complete and submit your application between April 1 and June 1, 2021.

Some of our completed projects

72 & Foster Apartments
Rockwood Boys & Girls Club
Banks Fire District No. 13
Tucker Maxon School
Oregon Zoo
Zenger Farms

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72 & Foster Apartments

106.5 kW DC solar array - $180,976 awarded – project will be able to cover a majority of the electricity costs for shared common areas, allowing REACH CDC to maintain rent prices for low-income residents.

Rockwood Boys & Girls Club

100.8 kW DC solar array - $401,500 awarded – cost savings will strengthen youth programming and expand social services for Club clientele.

Banks Fire District No. 13

86 kW DC solar array - $230,100 awarded – as a volunteer fire station, savings from energy costs will go to equipment, training and outreach at local schools.

Tucker Maxon School

45.8 kW DC solar array - $127,443 awarded – project will help lower overall electricity costs for the hearing impaired-focused school, freeing up funding for either scholarships or curriculum enhancement that will tie back to renewable energy.

Oregon Zoo

216.6 kW DC solar array - $385,334 awarded – part of the zoo’s initiative to be 100% powered by renewable energy and provide hands-on learning for their 1.6 million annual visitors.

Zenger Farms

16.56 kW DC solar array - $65,730 awarded – funding allowed expansion of their Healthy Eating on a Budget program to show families and students how to make better choices and utilize freshly grown fruits and veggies.