Community solar lowers the cost of solar power by allowing people to put up solar panels together, rather than on their individual roofs. Building one larger solar system is less expensive than installing solar panels on lots of smaller roofs, and lets more people participate, including renters and people with roofs that are shaded, too small, or facing the wrong way for solar panels.
Oregon’s Community Solar Program is governed by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission, and is open to people who get their power from Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power.
Oregon Clean Power’s first two projects should be ready in 2022: Solar Harvest, for PGE customers, and Modoc Solar, for customers of Pacific Power. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the form below.
Here’s how it works:
- Oregon Clean Power identifies a location and builds the solar array, and manages it once it’s built.
- You purchase as many solar panels as you want, up to amount needed to power your house.
- The electricity goes into the power grid, and you get a credit on your electric bill, just like the solar panels were on your roof.
- Your electric bill goes down while you move to clean and sustainable solar power.