SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS- RESIDENTIAL
Oregon is a wonderful place to install a solar electric system on your residence. Our abundant summer sunshine with long days makes for and excellent solar energy resource. Here in Southern Oregon we have the equivalent sunshine as “sunny Florida”.
There are a few different types of solar electric systems that can be installed on a home, these include:
GRID TIED SOLAR ELECTRIC:
These systems are the lowest cost and most straight forward to install. A grid tied solar electric system provides the owner with lower bills, lowers their carbon footprint, provides greater energy independence and insulates them from rising energy prices. Grid tied solar systems are a great way to insulate your household from rising energy costs. These systems are also referred to as “Net Metering” systems.
SOLAR- GRID TIED WITH BATTERY BACK UP:
Like a straight grid tied solar solar electric system, these systems are designed to spin the meter backwards when your production is greater than your consumption AND they provide you with clean quiet, instantaneous power in the event of a power outage. They are a 30-50% more expensive as we are integrating batteries in to the system.
OFF GRID SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS:
These are typically battery based systems. Planning for a stand alone off grid solar electric system requires a more thorough analysis of your energy loads and energy usage requirements. Using this data allows us to design a system which will accurately provide for all of your energy production and storage needs. Off the grid solar electric systems qualify for all the same incentives as grid tied systems except for the Energy Trust rebate.
The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is offering homeowners in Pacific Power’s utility territory a cash rebate of $.66 per watt of installed system capacity up to $6,600 per tax lot. This rebate is an upfront cash incentive designed to directly reduce the cost of installing a solar system. Only grid connected solar systems are eligible for this rebate.
In the City of Ashland there is a rebate of $.50 per watt of installed capacity offered to homeowners who install a grid connected solar electric system. In the city of Ashland this rebate is capped at $7,500. The ETO rebate is valid for grid tied solar systems in Pacific Powers utility area and the City of Ashland rebate is valid in City of Ashland service areas.
SOLAR STATE TAX CREDITS:
The Oregon Department of Energy is currently offering a tax credit of $1.70 per DC watt up to 3530 watts ($6000 max). This tax credit is taken over a period of 4 years at $1500 per year. The homeowner must have a tax liability for this incentive to be worthwhile. If a homeowner does not have a sufficient tax liability with the state then they are allowed to “sell” their tax credit to another business or individual who does. This is called a “pass thru partner”. This tax credit is available for grid tied and off grid solar electric systems.
SOLAR FEDERAL TAX CREDITS:
The federal government is currently offering a tax credit to homeowners who install solar electric systems to the tune of 30% of the cost of the system with no cap. This tax credit is being offered thru the year 2016. The homeowner must have sufficient tax liability to make this tax credit valuable. Unlike the state tax credit you can’t “sell” the federal tax credit.
More information regarding residential solar electric systems and incentives can be found at: www.dsireusa.org or by calling Oregon Solarworks at 541-299-0402. Contact us by email at email contact