Oregon ranks #15 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Oregon

While Oregon has less than average solar irradiation and relatively cheap power, the combination of full retail net metering, utility based incentives, and the 30% federal tax credit gets them into the top fifteen states in America in terms of investment return available from installing solar panels on your home.

The overall picture is pretty good in Oregon with average solar system payback times around 10 years on a 5kW system. So in 10 years you will have spent the same money if you did or didn't buy solar in 2019, but if you did you will be looking forward to living for a further 20 years without a power bill and if you didn't you will be paying a monthly power bill approaching double what you pay now.

It's time to act now while federal and utility level incentives pay for much of your system.


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Solar power in Oregon

Oregon solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

12 Years

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 12.18kW system

This 12.18kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Oregon is $147, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in Oregon

$3.78 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.20 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Oregon

The advantages of installing solar panels in Oregon is there is both utility based incentives and the federal tax credit. Solar is a great choice for the homeowner, get in while the incentives are still around.

The main disadvantage of installing solar panels for your home in Oregon is that there is less overall solar irradiation in Oregon per year - this means a solar system produces less than it would in some other areas. The cost of grid power is cheap in Oregon and stretches out pay back times a little. Despite this, incentives in Oregon still make solar an excellent choice for a home or business owner in Oregon. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Oregon

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Portland area solar panels installed on a south facing 34 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,160kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in Oregon?

Oregon Solar Power Rebates

The Energy Trust of Oregon offers the following residential utility-level incentives to install a solar system on your home:

Utility Rebate Amount Notes
PGE $0.45 / watt $3,600 maximum incentive per home
Pacific Power $0.45 / watt $3,600 maximum incentive per home

There's a good chance the above incentives are applicable to homeowners in Oregon as PGE and Pacific Power serve 80% of electric customers in the state. Energy Trust of Oregon has more details regarding available rebates here




Net Metering in Oregon

Many people don't understand the importance of net metering policy to the residential solar industry. Solar by its nature generates most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home. Net metering means that for every surplus kWh generated during the day by solar, you effectively get a credit for a kWh of energy purchased from the grid at another time. Excess kWh are reconciled annually at the avoided cost rate, more info about Oregon net metering can be found here.



Oregon Interconnection guidelines

Connecting solar to the various different utilities in Oregon is a process that can differ somewhat depending on the type of electricity customer you are and the size of the solar system you wish to install. There is more info about it here but your best source of current info is likely to be your local solar installers.

Oregon Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Oregon we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.


You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Oregon using our full monty solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in Oregon

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Oregon can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
Energy Trust of Oregon Utility Incentives Utility Rebate
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.