Low-income Participants

You may not have had access to solar because you live in an apartment complex, rent a house, or can’t afford the upfront costs of installing a solar array. Community solar is different.

With the Oregon Community Solar Program you:

  • don’t need to own your home
  • don’t need a sunny roof suitable for solar
  • can take your subscription with you if you move, and
  • aren’t responsible for repairs and maintenance of the solar array

The Oregon Community Solar Program is designed to expand solar access for low-income utility customers. 10% of the program’s capacity has been reserved for low-income customers. If you qualify, you’ll get special benefits and protections as a subscriber. You’ll have:

  • no upfront costs
  • no termination fees
  • discounts on subscription, and
  • guaranteed savings on your energy bill

Am I Eligible?

The current income thresholds for the Oregon Community Solar Program are shown in the chart below. Eligible threshold numbers are updated annually.

Income Guidelines:

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

Annual Household Income (Gross)

$37,073

$48,481

$59,888

$71,296

$82,704

$94,111

Last updated 10/1/2020

All participants must be Oregon customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, or Idaho Power. For more information, view our FAQ here or view our downloadable resources to the right.

How to Participate

  1. Schedule an appointment with Community Energy Project (CEP), our low-income partner. CEP will help you verify that you’re a qualifying utility customer.
  2. For your appointment, you’ll need to know your household gross income (before taxes) and have your utility bill ready. It’s recommended that you read the materials in the Resources section on this page, such as the “How to Participate” document and the “Low-Income Subscriber Brochure” ahead of time.
  3. If you were offered a subscription directly from a Project Manager, you’ll be subscribed to their project. If you don’t have a specific project in mind, you’ll be assigned to an available solar project. If there are no projects currently available, you’ll be placed on a waitlist and subscribed as one becomes available.

Schedule an Appointment

Make an appointment and Community Energy Project will call you to answer any questions you have and help determine if you qualify. Please read the materials on this page so we can be sure to answer all of your questions in your appointment, and have your annual household income (before taxes) as well as your utility account number ready for your appointment.

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Informational Resources

Subscription Sizing & Expected Annual Savings:

Subscriber Resources

For information about your low-income subscription—including guidance on program fees, credits, and payments and help reading your utility bill—visit the Subscriber Resources page.

Low-Income Benefits

It's good for the planet. When you power your home with clean, renewable energy from the sun, you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as air and water pollution.

It's minimal risk. Qualified low-income participants have no upfront costs or termination fees and can still be an investor with the same benefits as having your own rooftop solar.

It's accessible. Community solar is a great option for renters and other customers who want to use clean energy but may not have an ideal roof or the ability to invest in a rooftop system.

It's local. By subscribing, you’re investing in projects in Oregon and in your community, supporting local clean energy jobs.

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