Join the PGE Smart Battery Pilot

Help build Oregon's clean energy future and earn cash rewards

What can a battery storage system do for you? You might be surprised.

  • You can rely on back-up power if there’s an outage.

  • You can earn monthly credits as part of the PGE Smart Battery Pilot program.

  • You’ll get the most of your solar panels.

    • A battery lets you store the energy you generate during the day.

    • You can then use that renewable energy at night.

Monthly rewards

You can take advantage of rebates and earn monthly bill credits for participating in the Smart Battery program:

  • Earn $20 a month if your battery can only charge from your solar system.

  • Live in a PGE Smart Grid Test Bed community? You can also receive an instant rebate of $1,000 to $3,000 toward the cost of installing a battery.* Learn more.

How the pilot works

  • Click on the link that was emailed to you to enroll your battery

  • You’ll be contacted to schedule a quick on-site safety verification

  • Once the verification is complete, you’ll automatically start earning on-bill rewards!

  • Don’t have an enrollment link? Email smartbattery@portlandgeneral.com

PGE will schedule an event charging and discharging the battery to store energy from the grid or provide energy to the grid. You have the option to opt-out of any event. Batteries remain fully available to you during a power outage or upon request.

Step 1

  • You need to purchase a battery through the Energy Trust of Oregon*. Contact an Energy Trust of Oregon solar trade ally for a bid on a battery storage system (and solar, if you like — it’s not required to participate in this pilot)

  • The solar trade ally will guide you through the installation and connection with PGE

  • If you live in the Smart Grid Test Bed or are participating in Solar Within Reach you may be eligible for a rebate on your system from PGE. Be sure to talk to your trade ally installer

Step 2

  • Once your battery is installed and verified, PGE will send you an enrollment link to connect your battery to the pilot and begin earning bill credits

PGE will schedule an event charging and discharging the battery to store energy from the grid or provide energy to the grid. You have the option to opt-out of any event. Batteries remain fully available to you during a power outage or upon request.

Generac

  • PwrCell batteries

Sonnen

  • sonnenBatterie ecoLinx

  • sonnenBatterie eco

Sunverge

  • Sunverge One

  • Sunverge Infinity

SolarEdge

  • Energy Hub inverters paired with LG Chem RESU 10H and RESU 16H

  • SolarEdge Energy Bank Battery

Tesla

  • Powerwall

Please note that battery energy storage with meter socket adaptors are not allowed at this time.

PGE’s Smart Grid Test Bed

Specific technology projects and pilot programs form the PGE Smart Grid Test Bed, helping our community rethink the way we use energy. Taking advantage of these projects accelerates PGE’s vision for a clean energy future by partnering with customers in entirely new ways to decarbonize the grid.

*To receive a rebate the battery must be installed by an Energy Trust solar trade ally. The rebate will be reflected as a reduction on the final invoice; no checks will be issued.