Residential wind energy systems
harness the wind to spin turbine blades, which drive an electricity generator. This renewable energy can supplement or replace the electricity you buy from a utility. Wind systems work best on tall towers (at least 70 feet) and sites where average annual wind speed is 10 miles per hour or more.
Certain residential wind systems installed in your
Oregon home may be eligible for a Residential Energy Tax Credit.
A residential wind system must meet certain qualifications to earn a Residential Energy Tax Credit up to $6,000 (credit taken over four years), depending on the amount of energy produced by your system. See the RETC Rate Chart for more information.
Complete qualifications and instructions are outlined in the RETC Application.
Qualified wind systems must:
- Have a 5-year warranty or better.
- Be installed on a tower that is at least 70 feet tall.
- Be installed at a site that has a minimum annual average wind speed of 10 miles per hour.
RETC Program Sunset
The RETC program ended
on December 31, 2017.
To qualify for a 2017 tax credit:
- RETC devices must have been purchased by December 31, 2017;
- Devices must be operational by April 1, 2018; and
- ODOE must receive your application no later than June 1, 2018.
If you plan to transfer your tax credit, ODOE must receive the pass-through application on or before June 1, 2018. Please review the RETC Administrative Rules
for more information about program eligibility and requirements.
Ask your installer to help you fill out the RETC Application, including manufacturer information and assessment of the installation site. Send the completed application to the Oregon Department of Energy, along with a copy of your dated receipt or proof of payment. Be sure to list any other incentives you are receiving. It may also be helpful to include a recent utility bill.
(instructions and application)
Other federal, local, or utility programs may also offer incentives .