Solar Within Reach – Energy Trust of Oregon



Put Oregon’s abundant solar energy to work to power your home and reduce your monthly energy costs. More than 15,000 Oregonians have taken control of their energy costs by generating clean, renewable energy from the sun. To help make solar more affordable, Energy Trust of Oregon is now offering increased cash incentives for income-qualified households through Solar Within Reach.

Solar is becoming more affordable

The cost of solar is less than half of what it was ten years ago. When you add in Energy Trust’s increased Solar Within Reach incentive, a federal energy tax credit and reduced energy bills for decades to come, solar may be more within reach than you realized.

Save hundreds on your energy costs every year

On average, Oregon homeowners save $125 per year for every four solar panels installed. Most homes have 15 to 20 panels, which means you could trim your utility bill up to $625 per year.

Your solar contractor takes care of the details

Energy Trust has specially qualified solar contractors in Oregon that receive training and support to stay up-to-date on the latest standards and equipment. These trusted professionals take the guesswork out of going solar.

Your solar contractor will:

• Confirm that your home is right for solar
• Provide a bid that clearly shows your cost after incentives
• Estimate your annual energy generation and cost savings
• Discuss loan options
• Install your system
• Take care of permits utility interconnection and incentive paperwork


Gross 2019 annual income

Household size | Max.

  • 1 person | $54,240

  • 2 people | $62,040

  • 3 people | $69,720

  • 4 people | $77,520

  • 5 people | $83,760

  • 6 people | $89,880

  • 7 people | $96,120

  • 8 people | $102,360


  1. Establish your eligibility To qualify for Solar Within Reach, you must own a home located in Oregon and served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power.

  2. Get a bid from a contractor Visit or call 1.866.368.7878 to get a bid from qualified contractor. To qualify for an incentive, your solar system must be installed by an approved Solar Within Reach contractor.

  3. Sign a contract and go solar! Prior to installing your solar system, your contractor will ask you to sign an incentive application and an Income Verification form. Your contractor will submit your paperwork to Energy Trust. Your solar contractor will install your solar panels and show you how they operate. Your Energy Trust incentive will be paid directly to your contractor, who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket expense.

Visit or call 1.866.368.7878 to get started today.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

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