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How do I get started with my lighting project?

Before considering lighting improvements, review your goals and how you’d like to improve your existing lighting system. Energy Trust has information to help get you started:

Category: Business Lighting

What incentives are available for my lighting project?

Energy Trust has developed forms to help you determine what incentives are available for your lighting project. For existing commercial, industrial and multifamily building projects please see form 190L for a full list of incentives.

Category: Business Lighting

How do I access the Lighting Tool application?

Call the Energy Trust of Oregon Lighting Program hotline at 503-939-9383 for forms and applications.

Category: Business Lighting

How do I schedule a walk through survey for my Multifamily property?

An Energy Trust advisor can come to your property to provide a free walkthrough survey that will identify energy-efficient opportunities for cash incentives, and determine where the largest savings potentials exist at your property.

Category: Multifamily

Is Strategic Energy Management right for my industrial facility?

Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management, SEM, services are offered in a variety of ways to match the needs and abilities of your company and staff. Check out the Industrial SEM web page to see if SEM is a good fit for your company.

Category: Industry and Ag

What incentives are available for industrial facilities?

Please visit the Industry page for a full list of technical services, cash incentives and rebates available for qualifying industrial facilities.

Category: Industry and Ag

What technical services and cash incentives are available for agricultural facilities?

Please visit the Agriculture page for a full list of technical services, cash incentives and rebates available for qualifying agricultural businesses.

Category: Industry and Ag

What upgrades can I receive through the instant savings offer?

In the instant savings offer an Energy Trust advisor will install free high performance LEDs, faucet aerators, showerheads and advanced power strips in each dwelling unit.

Category: Multifamily

How do I work with Existing Buildings?

It’s simple, visit the Let’s Get Started page of the Existing Buildings program for a visual on the steps needed to get your project moving.

Category: Commercial / Existing Buildings

What cash incentives are available through the Multifamily program?

Energy Trust Existing Multifamily offers incentives for appliances, insulation, water heaters, windows, lighting and lighting controls, heating and cooling, solar electric systems and custom incentives.

Category: Multifamily

How can I qualify for Energy Trust Existing Buildings incentives?

You may be eligible for Existing Buildings incentives if you:

  • Have a project site in Oregon served by and on a qualifying rate schedule for Portland General Electric or Pacific Power for electric-saving incentives.
  • Have a project site in Oregon served by and on a qualifying rate schedule for NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas for gas-saving incentives.
  • Have a project site in Washington served by NW Natural on a qualifying commercial rate schedule.
  • Are improving an existing structure.

If you are not sure whether your business qualifies for Energy Trust incentives, contact us before you purchase or install equipment.

Category: Commercial / Existing Buildings

What types of energy-saving upgrades qualify for Existing Buildings incentives?

Energy Trust offers incentives to help you build energy efficiency into your business, no matter the size.

  • Oregon customers can take advantage of incentives for qualified equipment for lodging and foodservice, grocery, premium gas HVAC and water heating, insulation gas and electric heat, computers, compressed air, and energy-efficient A/C units and heat pumps.
  • Washington customers can take advantage of incentives for premium gas, multifamily and greenhouses.
  • Oregon and Washington customers also may be eligible for custom incentives for larger, more complex energy-efficiency projects.

Category: Commercial / Existing Buildings

What are the benefits of designing my commercial new building to be energy efficient?

The benefits range from increasing comfort and reducing costs to receiving technical support and cash incentives. But don’t take our word for it: Learn how businesses like yours from across Oregon have partnered with Energy Trust to put efficiency on the map.

Category: New Buildings

What training or learning programs does Energy Trust have for design and energy professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge?

Energy Trust provides two training series—Allies for Efficiency and Building Energy Simulation Forum—that meet on a regular basis to discuss a range of energy efficiency-related topics. Cost to attend is often free and continuing education units, CEUs, are frequently available. Learn more on the Commercial Training and Events page.

Category: New Buildings

Does Energy Trust offer cash incentives for net zero or high-performance commercial buildings?

Yes, owners and project stakeholders that want to pursue ambitious savings goals for their new construction project may qualify to participate in Path to Net Zero, a program that aligns with the objectives of the Architecture 2030 Challenge.

Category: New Buildings

I’m interested in constructing a new building or major renovation for a small business. What resources does Energy Trust have to support me?

Energy Trust has Market Solutions designed for small businesses of a variety of industries across Oregon. Visit the Market Solutions webpage to learn what package of energy improvements best suites your business.

Category: New Buildings

Are Energy Trust cash incentives available to all Oregonians for renewable energy installations?

No. Energy Trust cash incentives for renewable energy installations are only available for residential customers of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power in Oregon, or for businesses that deliver power to or are located in the service territories of PGE or Pacific Power.

Category: Renewable Energy

How much does solar cost?

For a solar electric system, the cost depends on the size of the system and the ease of installation. Use our solar calculator to see how much solar might cost. To receive a customized bid from trade allies that work in your area, visit www.energytrust.org/solarbid.

Category: Renewable Energy

What direction should solar panels face?

South is the best orientation, but east or west can work, too. Your solar contractor can assess the best orientation for your site. To receive a customized bid from trade allies that work in your area, visit www.energytrust.org/solarbid.

Category: Renewable Energy

Can I get incentives or tax credits if my solar electric system isn’t connected to the grid?

Only grid-tied systems qualify for Energy Trust incentives. However, off-grid systems may be eligible for an Oregon state energy tax credit and a federal tax credit. 

Category: Renewable Energy

Where can I learn to install solar?

If you are not a licensed electrician or plumber and want to become a professional solar installer, you must complete a licensing program. For a summary of licensing and apprenticeship programs in Oregon, visit the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association website.

If you are already a licensed professional, you can gain solar experience through installation training course at an IBEW training center, Oregon community college or the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association website.

If you are not a professional and would just like to learn how to install solar, consider enrolling in a class through Solar Energy International. They offer classes in several western states, including Washington.

Category: Renewable Energy

Do I need to install a new roof before installing solar on my home or business?

Your roof must have at least 10 years of remaining life in order to qualify for an Energy Trust solar incentive. This requirement protects you from having to remove solar panels for roof replacement just a few years after you install them. 

Most solar contractors can estimate the age and life expectancy of your roof. If needed, they may consult with a roofer or home inspector.

Category: Renewable Energy

Will my solar electric system work if there’s a power outage?

For safety reasons, your solar electric system will stop generating electricity during a utility power outage unless you have a battery system. While batteries can be installed for backup power, they increase installation cost and complexity. As a result, most homeowners choose not to install battery backup.

Category: Renewable Energy

What is a solar inverter?

The inverter is the "brains" of the solar electric system. It changes the DC (direct current) electricity into AC (alternating current) or “household” electricity. This power is then fed directly into a double breaker in your home’s main electrical panel.

Category: Renewable Energy

Can I receive an Energy Trust incentive or tax credits if I install my own solar system?

Self-installed systems are not eligible for Energy Trust incentives or Oregon state energy tax credits.

Category: Renewable Energy

Are Energy Trust cash incentives available to all Oregonians/Washingtonians?

No. Energy Trust serves customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas in Oregon, and serves customers of NW Natural in southwest Washington.

If you have service through a different utility, contact them to find out about their energy efficiency or renewable energy services and rebates. If you heat your home with oil, propane, kerosene, butane or wood, you may be eligible for rebates through the State Home Oil Weatherization Program offered by the Oregon Department of Energy.

Category: Home Appliances, Home Improvements, Home Lighting

Do I have to use an Energy Trust trade ally for my project, or can I use my own contractor?

We strongly encourage you to work with Energy Trust trade allies, as they are trained on our offerings and requirements, and we frequently verify the quality of their work.

If you hire a contractor who is not a trade ally, you are able to receive cash incentives for most projects. Your contractor must have a current Oregon Construction Contractors Board license or, for NW Natural customers in Washington, a current Washington contractor’s license in order for your project to be eligible for Energy Trust incentives.

You must work with an approved Energy Trust trade ally to receive a cash incentive for your solar project. To receive a customized list of referrals to trade allies that work in your area, visit www.energytrust.org/solarbid. Trade allies are familiar with Energy Trust's standards and quality control requirements. However, it is your responsibility to interview and select your contractor carefully.

Category: Renewable Energy, Home Improvements

What rebates or incentives are available for solar?

Energy Trust of Oregon provides solar electric cash incentives for Oregon customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power.

Some public utility districts and electric co-ops also offer solar rebates.

Tax credits, which may be combined with Energy Trust incentives, are available from the Oregon Department of Energy and the federal government.

Category: Renewable Energy

Are there tax credits available for non-solar renewable energy installations?

Yes. In addition to Energy Trust cash incentives for Oregon customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, state tax credits and other grants may be available from the Oregon Department of Energy.

Federal tax credits may also be available, depending on the type of project.

Category: Renewable Energy

Does Energy Trust offer incentives for non-solar renewable energy projects?

Yes, Energy Trust offers incentives for non-solar renewable energy installations. Incentives are available for wind power, hydropower, biopower and geothermal electricity projects. Click here to see the full list of incentives for renewable energy projects.

Category: Renewable Energy

Why should I invest in air sealing?

Sealing the shell of your home—the outer walls, doors, ceiling, windows and floors—from air leaks is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to increase comfort and energy efficiency. Air sealing reduces drafts, controls moisture, keeps out pollutants and improves overall comfort. 

Category: Home Improvements

Can I get a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® assessment even if my home is fairly new?

A Home Performance with ENERGY STAR assessment is most effective for site-built single-family homes built before 1994, but all homes can receive an assessment. Older homes were not built to meet today’s building codes, so they typically have more opportunities for energy savings. If you think your home would benefit from weatherization or more efficient heating and water heating equipment, you can start with our free online Home Energy Review.

Category: Home Improvements

Why should I seal my ducts?

Testing and sealing your ductwork can trim your energy costs, make your home more comfortable and reduce indoor air pollution. Improperly sealed ducts allow heated or cooled air to escape before it reaches the rooms of your home, which costs you money.

Category: Home Improvements

What is Home Performance with ENERGY STAR?

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a whole-house energy checkup that helps homeowners track down energy waste and identify cost-effective improvements that enhance year-round comfort. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, a trained and certified Home Performance contractor tests and evaluates your home for energy performance, health and safety.

After a three- to four-hour comprehensive home assessment, you will receive a customized energy- and cost-saving action plan that identifies improvements and explains how they will increase your comfort and safety. The cost for this service varies depending on the contractor you choose. Energy Trust offers incentives for many of the upgrades that may be recommended after a Home Performance assessment.

Category: Home Improvements

Does Energy Trust offer cash incentives for new doors?

Energy Trust does not offer cash incentives for standard solid doors. However, you may be able to receive a per-square-foot incentive for installing an exterior sliding glass door. Click here for more information.

Category: Home Improvements

If I install my own insulation can I receive a cash incentive?

You can install your own attic/ceiling and floor insulation and apply for an incentive as long as you follow Energy Trust installation guidelines. Wall insulation must be installed by a qualified contractor to be eligible for incentives. 

Category: Home Improvements

What type of appliances does Energy Trust recycle?

Click here for the types of appliances we currently recycle, which includes free pickup and a cash incentive. To recycle other appliances, contact your local waste management provider. In the Portland metro area, call Metro Recycling Information at 503.234.3000 or visit their website.

Category: Home Appliances

Do I need to have an energy assessment done before I can receive Energy Trust incentives?

No. If you know what energy-saving improvements you want to make, you can hire a trade ally or a licensed contractor to do the work and help you apply for cash incentives. However, if you need help deciding which improvements will save the most energy in your home, we invite you to start with our free online Home Energy Review

Category: Home Improvements

My contractor or retailer told me that the equipment, appliance or upgrade I installed qualifies for an Energy Trust cash incentive. However, when I looked over the eligibility requirements, the project did not appear to qualify. Can I still receive the cash incentive?

Energy Trust can only pay incentives to eligible customers for qualifying projects.

We do our best to educate contractors and retailers in the regions we serve, but not all contractors and retailers participate with us or stay up to date on current incentives. If your contractor or retailer gave you incorrect information, we encourage you to contact them directly to resolve concerns. We also welcome your feedback on their service.

Category: Home Appliances, Home Improvements

Can I receive more than one incentive for weatherization improvements, such as insulation or windows?

Yes. However, there are some exceptions. For example, you may receive one cash incentive for wall insulation—all uninsulated exterior walls must be insulated at that time in order to qualify for the wall insulation cash incentive.

However, you may receive more than one window incentive for your home if you are replacing the windows over time.

For additional information about weatherization incentives, click here or contact us via email

 

Category: Home Improvements

I’m planning to remodel my home. Do I qualify for incentives?

Many energy-saving improvements can easily be incorporated into your home remodeling project, such as insulation, windows, heating systems, water heaters and appliances. Before you begin work, check the requirements that qualify your project for Energy Trust incentives. Please note that any upgrades required for code compliance are not eligible for Energy Trust cash incentives.

Category: Home Improvements

Is there a deadline for submitting my Energy Trust incentive application?

Yes. Applications must be submitted within 60 days of completing your home energy improvement.

Unfortunately, we cannot process incentive applications submitted past our deadlines. If an extenuating circumstance prevented you from submitting your application, please give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 or email info@energytrust.org.

Category: Home Appliances, Home Improvements

Can I install my own project and still receive incentives?

Certain projects can be self-installed and receive Energy Trust incentives. Check the specific project incentive page to see which projects qualify for self-install incentives. We provide cash incentives for materials, but not for labor. Homeowner self-installed projects must follow the guidelines in our Specifications Manual and may require a Quality Assurance verification in order to receive a cash incentive. All other projects must be installed by an Energy Trust trade ally or a licensed contractor to ensure they function safely and correctly.

Category: Home Improvements

If I build an energy-efficient addition onto my existing home, do I qualify for incentives?

Additions to existing homes do not qualify for new home construction cash incentives. Additions do not typically qualify for other cash incentives, unless you are replacing heating or water heating equipment as part of your addition, or purchasing a new energy-efficient appliance. Windows and insulation installed in new additions do not qualify for incentives because they must meet the energy efficiency standards required by building codes. 

It is possible to qualify for incentives if you build an energy-efficient ADU, or accessory dwelling unit, on your property. Visit www.accessorydwellings.org or call the New Homes trade ally coordinator at 1.877.283.0698 to learn more about building an energy-efficient ADU.

Category: Home Improvements, New Home Construction

How can I find an energy-efficient home?

Getting to know EPS is a great first step. EPS is an energy performance score that measures the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a newly built home located within the Oregon service territory of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas.

Click here to learn more about EPS, or call 1.866.368.7878 for referrals to the Real Estate Ally network and participating builders who can help you find or build a home with an EPS.

Category: New Home Construction

How does a home receive an EPS?

To determine a newly built home’s EPS, a third-party verifier analyzes the home's features and construction techniques and tests performance factors such as air leakage and duct tightness. EPS is a voluntary rating that builders request before construction. A low score means it's an energy-efficient home with a smaller carbon footprint and reduced utility costs.

Category: New Home Construction

I just finished construction on my new energy-efficient home but it does not have an EPS. Can I get an EPS and cash incentives for it?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide an EPS or cash incentives for home that have already been completed. Newly built homes must be designed to meet EPS requirements before construction begins. It is not possible to verify built-in features, such as wall insulation, after the home is completed.

Category: New Home Construction

Can I receive an incentive for buying an EPS home, ENERGY STAR® home or for the energy-efficient equipment installed in my newly built home?

No. Energy Trust works with builders to help them build more energy-efficient homes, and pays incentives directly to the builder to help reduce the cost of including energy-efficient equipment and building techniques. This cost reduction may or may not be passed along to homebuyers in the form of a reduced sale price. However, you may be eligible for cash incentives for new appliances if they were purchased separately from the home.

Category: New Home Construction

What are the benefits of EPS-rated homes?

EPS gives you the ability to compare newly built homes based on efficiency, and find those that offer superior comfort and savings. Qualified homes are built to be at least 10 percent better than code, so when you buy a home with an EPS you know you’re getting a higher level of performance.

Click here to learn more about EPS.

Category: New Home Construction

Do you have any income-qualified incentives for weatherization or heating upgrades?

Yes. Energy Trust provides moderate-income customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas with increased cash incentives for making qualified energy-saving home improvements. Click here to learn more about Savings Within Reach and how to qualify.

You may qualify for certain upgrades at no cost to you from your local Community Action Agency based on your income. Visit www.caporegon.org or call 503.316.3951 to find a community action agency near you.

Category: Home Improvements

How should I clean up a broken CFL?

A broken CFL poses no immediate health risk to you or your family if it's cleaned up properly. Click here to find clean-up instructions. 

Category: Home Lighting

Are CFLs safe?

Yes, CFLs are used safely by millions of people around the world. They do contain a very small amount of mercury and should be recycled to capture the mercury for reuse. However, no mercury is released when CFLs are intact or in use. Learn where to recycle CFLs here.

Category: Home Lighting

Does Energy Trust offer incentives on lighting?

Yes, Energy Trust works with local retailers to provide instant discounts on qualifying CFLs and LEDs. Click here to find a participating retailer near you.

Category: Home Lighting

Why should I use LEDs?

When you replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb with an LED, you can save $80 in energy costs over the life of the LED. Plus, LEDs can last up to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs do not contain mercury and most styles are dimmable.

Category: Home Lighting

Why should I use CFLs?

When you replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL, you can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the CFL. Plus, CFLs can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, so you don’t have to replace them as often.

Category: Home Lighting

Does Energy Trust offer incentives for clothes dryers?

No, not at this time. Most dryers on the market use similar amounts of energy. However, using an energy-efficient clothes washer can help you save on drying because it uses less water and extracts more water during the spin cycle, reducing drying time.

Category: Home Appliances

What does IMEF mean?

IMEF stands for Integrated Modified Energy Factor, which represents the efficiency of a clothes washer. The IMEF is calculated based on the energy used to run the washer, heat the water and run the dryer. The higher the IMEF, the more efficient the clothes washer.

Category: Home Appliances

Where can I drop off my fridge for recycling?

We do not offer recycling drop-off locations at this time. Instead, we offer a free, convenient pickup service. Learn more here.

Category: Home Appliances

Why do you need to know the fuel type of my water heater when I apply for a clothes washer incentive?

Energy Trust tracks the energy our customers save by fuel type (electricity or natural gas) and the utility providing it. One of the key features of an energy-efficient clothes washer is that it saves water, and therefore your water heater doesn't have to work as hard. Knowing how you heat your water allows us to track the energy your new washer saves. 

Category: Home Appliances

Do all ENERGY STAR® certified appliances qualify for an Energy Trust cash incentive?

No, not all ENERGY STAR appliances will qualify. Because our efficiency standards are higher than the baseline ENERGY STAR requirements, we promote the most energy-efficient models available. Click here to make sure the type and model of appliance you are considering qualifies. 

Category: Home Appliances

I forgot or was unable to send in my application within the deadline. Can I still receive a cash incentive?

Applications must be submitted within 60 days of completing a home energy improvement. Unfortunately, we cannot process incentive applications submitted past our deadlines. If you believe you have an extenuating circumstance that prevented you from submitting your application, please give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 or email info@energytrust.org.

Category: Home Appliances, Home Improvements

Does it really matter how my home or water is heated?

Yes. Energy Trust serves customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Qualifications for Energy Trust’s services and cash incentives are based on fuel type provided by these utilities. If you are not a customer of these utilities, please contact your local utility to find out about their energy efficiency or renewable energy services and rebates. If you heat your home with oil, propane, kerosene, butane or wood, you may be eligible for rebates through the State Home Oil Weatherization program, offered by Oregon Department of Energy.

Category: Home Appliances, Home Improvements

How do I start a Solarize project in my neighborhood or community?

If there isn’t an active Solarize project in your community, you could be the spark to get it started. Begin by contacting your local government, neighborhood association or other community-based organization to express your interest in helping your community go solar. The first Solarize project took root with just one person who took the initiative to plant the seed.

Check out the Solarize Guidebook for advice and pointers on how to structure a project and feedback gathered from other Solarize projects.  

Category: Renewable Energy

Does Energy Trust offer incentives for reflective white roofs?

No. Reflective white roofs can decrease the cooling load, but they can also increase the heating load. While they offer significant energy savings in warm climates, they are not very effective in Oregon.

Category: Home Improvements

What is a Blower Door test?

A Blower Door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of your house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through unsealed cracks and openings. The Blower Door test measures how much air comes through cracks and gaps in your home and helps your contractor pinpoint the sources of the leaks. If your home is very drafty, your contractor may recommend air sealing to reduce the amount of air escaping from your home.

Category: Home Improvements

What is the lifespan of a solar system?

Solar panels carry 20 to 30 year performance warranties. That means they will continue to produce at least 80 percent of their original power output through the end of the warranty period. Some of the first solar panels made in the 1950s are still producing electricity today. Inverters carry a 10 to 15 year warranty but can last as long as 20 years.

Category: Renewable Energy

How much roof space do I need for a solar electric system?

An average size, five kilowatt residential solar electric system will have 16 to 20 panels and require about 400 square feet of roof space.

Category: Renewable Energy

How much power does a solar electric system produce?

An average five kilowatt solar electric system will produce between 5,000 and 7,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, depending on where in Oregon it is located. That's 50-70 percent of a typical Oregon home's electrical load.

Category: Renewable Energy

Are there solar programs for low-income homeowners?

Currently, there are no solar programs for low-income homeowners. However, if you are planning an energy-efficiency upgrade, Energy Trust offers increased cash incentives through our moderate income program, Savings Within Reach. Oregon Housing and Community Services offers low-income weatherization programs.

Category: Renewable Energy

What resources are available if I want to install solar myself?

We don't have recommendations for buying your own solar panels, but there are many online resources available. Solar Energy International offers installation classes in several western states, including Washington.

Category: Renewable Energy

How is Energy Trust funded?

Energy Trust services are funded by customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas through a small percentage charge on their utility bills. To learn more about our funding structure, click here.

Category: General

Who is Energy Trust?

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers invest in and benefit from energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. Energy Trust began serving Oregonians in 2002 and expanded into southwest Washington in 2009.

Our services and cash incentives help utility ratepayers make improvements to save energy and manage costs in their homes, businesses and communities.

To learn more about Energy Trust, click here.

 

Category: General

Can I heat my house with solar?

If you heat your home with electricity, a solar electric system will help offset the energy you use to power your heating system. Homes can also be designed to absorb heat passively through the sun. Only systems that generate electricity are eligible for Energy Trust cash incentives.

Category: Renewable Energy

What is net metering?

Oregon's net metering law allows utility customers to generate their own electricity and reduce their electricity bills.  If you install a solar electric system, your electric utility will replace your existing utility meter for a bidirectional "net" meter. This meter keeps track of how much electricity you use from the utility and how much your solar systems supplies to the grid. Each month, the power you used from your utility is offset by the power you send to the utility. You are only charged for the difference or the "net."

If you generate more power than you use in a given month, your electric bill will have no charges, and you will receive kilowatt hour credits that will be applied to your future bills. Unused credits will accumulate in your account, so what you “save” during sunny summer months can be applied to charges during cloudy winter months. This eliminates the need for batteries to store your excess energy.

Category: Renewable Energy

Do I need batteries with my solar system?

You don’t need to install batteries unless you want to have backup power during a utility power outage. Solar electric systems have no way to store power without battery backup and for safety reasons cannot produce power during an outage.

Category: Renewable Energy

Will I be disqualified for an incentive if my sun exposure reading does not meet Energy Trust requirements? 

To receive an Energy Trust incentive, your solar energy system must have access to at least 75 percent of the sun available to that spot. Your solar trade ally contractor must conduct the sun assessment at the worst location of the future array or collectors and is responsible for ensuring that your system meets this requirement.

Some contractors may be more conservative with sun assessments than others. However, as long as they take measurements from the worst location and document a reading that is better than 75 percent, your system should pass inspection and qualify for an incentive.

If a trade ally’s assessment is discovered to be untrue when an installation is inspected, the trade ally is responsible for the lost incentive. 

Category: Renewable Energy