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Oregon State Government Solar Projects
State government agencies actively support the Governor's goal of 100% electrical power from renewable resources by 2025. In order to meet that goal, agencies began on-site solar, geo-thermal, and other innovative renewable projects in 2008. This webpage serves as a summary of documents created and other information gained on solar projects - both stand-alone systems and third-party, investor-owned systems. Documents from different state agency projects will be added frequently.
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Administrative Services
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) plans to meet the Governor's goals in two stages:
 
1.  Small, owned solar arrays
2.  Large, third-party systems
 
Small Array
In 2008, DAS completed its first solar project - a rooftop array at the Pendleton State Office Building. This project is 10 kW, and after replacing the windows, offsets about fifteen percent of the building's annual electrical load. The system's design accommodates expansion in the future, if needed. In addition, DAS installed new windows on the building to increase its energy efficiency and tenant comfort. As a pilot project, the Pendleton solar roof was a tremendous learning experience for DAS.
solar array
 
Third-Party Solar Project
DAS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a third-party solar project on April 1, 2010. Unfortunately, DAS was unable to take advantage of a program that made this project feasible and therefore project was not completed. Third-party solar projects are defined as when a company finances, builds, owns, and operates a solar photovoltaic system located on a customer's premises. The company sells the electricity generated by the solar facility to the customer. The customer enters into a net-metering arrangement with its electric utility under which energy produced by the solar facility in excess of the customer's load is delivered to the electric distribution system, and the customer receives a credit against the electricity it purchases from the utility.
Archives Building
 
PLEASE NOTE: the official location for formal documents is the ORPIN Web site http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome
 

 
 

Additional Resources
Legal Requirements for Solar on Public Buildings
Oregon Public Utilities Commission 
Oregon Building Codes Division
Oregon Department of Energy: 1.5% for solar 
 
Tax Credits and Incentives
Oregon Department of Energy: business energy tax credit 
Energy Trust of Oregon 
 
Local Utilities Net Metering and Solar Agreements
Eugene Water and Electric Board 
Portland General Electric
Pacific Power 
Salem Electric 
 
General Resources
Oregon Department of Energy: solar information