Questions for your solar contractor
Let’s face it, installing solar isn’t just a plug and play operation. There’s a ton of things to think about before you make the sun your new best friend in the energy business. Below are some of those considerations and resources to help guide you towards the best decision for your circumstances.
Connecting to the grid
The first place to start is to make sure your property is approved to connect to the grid. Sometimes upgrades can be made but these may be cost-prohibitive. Take the time now to find out by looking up your property on our map.
Picking an installer
Visit Energy Trust of Oregon to find a qualified trade ally contractor. Remember, only Energy Trust qualified contractors can be used to receive the incentives provided by Energy Trust of Oregon.
Energy generation and consumption
How much energy will your new solar panels generate? How will this compare with the energy you consume? These are just a couple of the many questions a qualified installer will map out for you at your specific location.
Owning solar panels
How’s your savings account looking? Purchasing solar system outright will give you the quickest payback and the highest return on investment but can be cost prohibitive. Be sure to check with your bank about available financing. Also, some installers offer financing and/or leasing options.
Avoiding sticker shock
Speaking of costs, here are some great resources to help you reduce the upfront costs of your solar system:
Energy Trust of Oregon incentives are available when you use a trade ally contractor.
In December 2020, Congress passed an extension of the ITC, which provides a 26% tax credit for systems installed in 2020-2022, and 22% for systems installed in 2023. The tax credit expires starting in 2024 unless Congress renews it.
Expenses that are included to claim the tax credit are: solar panels/modules, contractor labor and costs, balance of systems equipment (i.e. wiring, inverters, and mounting equipment).
Oregon rebates for solar with storage
Under the HB2618, Solar systems combined with storage (batteries) can qualify for a rebate. Rebates are on a first come, first served basis for complete applications.
The maximum rebate that can be claimed for solar + storage is $5,000 for the solar portion and maximum of $2,500 for the energy storage portion