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HB 2618​ (2019) created a new solar and solar plus storage rebate program at the Oregon Department of Energy.​



  
  
20 Dec 2019Conclusion of Rulemaking for the Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program
​The Oregon Department of Energy submitted final rules to the Secretary of State on December 19, 2019 to establish a rebate program for solar electric systems and paired solar and storage systems. The permanent rules will be effective January 1, 2020. This concludes the formal rulemaking process, which included a public hearing on December 3, 2019 and a public comment period which closed on December 3, 2019.

Materials:
  • Hearing Officer Report


01 Nov 2019Solar Plus Storage Rebate Program Rules Public Hearing

Rule Caption: Creates rebate program for solar electric systems and paired solar and storage systems.

Public Hearing
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Oregon Department of Energy (parking information)
Meitner Room, First floor
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Call-in number:
(877) 810-9415, access code 899679

Hearing materials:

The proposed rules would create a new division in ODOE administrative rules to implement House Bill 2618, adopted by the 2019 Legislative Assembly and codified as Oregon Laws 2019 Chapter 655. House Bill 2618 creates a new program offering rebates for solar electric systems and paired solar and storage systems. Please see the Oregon Solar Plus Storage Rebate Program page​ for more information.

ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Participants unable to attend may call in using the number listed above.

Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and may be sent via email to the hearing officer:
wendy.simons@oregon.gov

The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files permanent rules. Program rules will be effective January 1, 2020.

For more information, contact:

07 Oct 2019Public Meetings October 14 & 15 to Discuss Draft Rules

ODOE will hold two stakeholder meetings to review draft rules for the Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program, created by HB 2618.

Please note these meetings will cover the same draft rules while seeking discussion and feedback, so stakeholders are welcome to attend either meeting.

HB 2618 Sta​keholder Meeting
Monday, October 14, 2019 | 1 - 4 p.m.
ODOT Region 1 Headquarters
Conference Room A
123 NW Flanders Blvd | Portland, OR
​Parking Info​​

HB 2618 Sta​keholder Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 1 – 4 p.m.
Oregon Department of Energy
Meitner Conference Room
550 Capitol St. NE | Salem, OR
Parking Info

Meeting Materials:

Call-in Information:
877-810-9415, Participant Code 899679
Please mute your phone and do not place on hold, as it may cause hold music to play.

You can also join the meeting via Skype.

ODOE values your input, and we encourage interested stakeholders to attend in person or over the phone. You can also sign up to receive future email updates about the program and about the rulemaking.  

Learn more about the Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program and the rulemaking process on ODOE’s website.

01 Oct 2019Public Meeting: Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program Rulemaking

​This fall, ODOE will work to stand up the new Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate program for launch on January 1, 2020. As we develop the program, we are seeking input from stakeholders like you to inform the program’s administrative rules.  

ODOE will hold a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, October 1 in Salem to provide an overview of HB 2618 requirements, review the rulemaking process, and answer questions from stakeholders.

HB 2618 Sta​keholder Meeting #1
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE | Salem, OR
Parking Info

Meeting Materials:

Call-in Information:
877-810-9415, Participant Code 899679
Please mute your phone and do not place on hold, as it may cause hold music to play.

You can also join the meeting via Skype.

ODOE values your input, and we encourage interested stakeholders to attend in person or over the phone. You can also sign up to receive future email updates about the program and about the rulemaking 

We have scheduled two additional public meetings to discuss the implementation of the rebate program:  

  • Meeting 2: Oct 14, 2019, 1 p.m. (Portland): Discussion and feedback on draft rules 
  • Meeting 3: Oct 15, 2019, 1 p.m. (Salem): Discussion and feedback on draft rules.  

Please note that meeting 2 and meeting 3 will cover the same draft rules while seeking stakeholder discussion and feedback, so stakeholders are welcome to attend either meeting. 

ODOE will also hold a public hearing on the rules later this fall.

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Rulemaking Timeline
Subject to Change
​Date ​Milestone
​September 2019
​Information gathering
​October 1, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.
​Stakeholder Meeting #1: discuss questions and implementation

Oregon Department of Energy
Meitner Conference Room
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Parking Info
​October 14, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.
​Stakeholder Meeting #2: discuss draft rules

ODOT Region 1 HQ
Conference Room A
123 NW Flanders Blvd
Portland, OR 97209
​Parking Info​​
​October 15, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.
​Stakeholder Meeting #3: discuss draft rules

Oregon Department of Energy
Meitner Conference Room
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Parking Info​
​November 1, 2019 ​Publish Notice of Rulemaking Hearing in the Oregon Bulletin, beginning public comment period
​December 3, 2019
tentative, location TBD
​Public hearing and end of public comment period
​December 20, 2019
​Target date for filing permanent rules
​January 1, 2020
​Operative date of program rules
 
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