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What is Community Solar?

Most simply, community solar is solar energy that is generated from a central location and shared by multiple owners or subscribers. That means you don’t need your own rooftop panels to get the benefits of solar. The Oregon Community Solar Program gives customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power the option to subscribe to a community solar project and receive credits back on their utility bill.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a solar project, sign up, and pay a monthly subscription fee for the energy generated by local solar panels. Solar projects can be developed by businesses, schools, churches, homeowners’ associations, and more!
  2. The solar project generates energy for the power grid.
  3. You get a credit back on your utility bill for your portion of energy generated by the project.
Note: This tool assumes 5% net savings through a general market subscription, but savings are not guaranteed except for qualifying low-income customers. Your energy savings and monthly fees and credits will vary based on the project you subscribe to. Visit our Get Started page to learn more about subscription sizing and pricing. You can also browse available solar projects and talk to a project manager for a more custom estimate. 

Who is Eligible?

Most customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power can subscribe to a solar project in their area, including renters, businesses, and nonprofits. Learn more about eligibility at the link below.

Low-Income Subscriptions

The Oregon Community Solar Program was uniquely designed to expand solar access for low-income utility customers. Find out if you qualify for discounted rates.

For media inquiries, please contact Abby Spegman at 503.548.1597 or [email protected].

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