Electric Solar Grants
PGE Renewable Development Fund
Solar Grants for Portland General Electric Customers
Portland General Electric (PGE) has supported clean energy in Oregon since 1999 through a suite of renewable power programs. Since then, 10,800 kilowatts of renewable energy is now generating power across the state of Oregon making it America’s most successful development of renewable energy of its kind.
Since 2016, PGE has launched a new offering that leverages customer green power funds to expand the portfolio of renewable power projects in Oregon. The Renewable Development Fund awards funds to applicants installing solar energy projects.
Funding is limited and varies year-by-year. Projects go through a competitive evaluation process, are selected annually, and have strict deadlines (see below). Selection of awarded projects is influenced by a number of factors, including the number and type of applications received. Submitted applications will be reviewed and evaluated by third-party vendors in accordance with eligibility guidelines, preferred project standards, and established evaluation criteria.
2017 Funding Timeline
Please note, this is a competitive process. Extensions may be considered for projects associated with the construction of a new structure or building. Furthermore, submitting an application and meeting the eligibility criteria does not secure funding automatically.
|April 15, 2017||PGE begins accepting applications online|
|June 15, 2017||Submittal deadline by 5 p.m. (PT)|
|By October 16, 2017||Applicants will be notified of the award decision.|
|By June 30, 2019||Project installations must be completed.|
Evaluation and Selection Criteria
Before you begin, filling out the application may sound daunting. That is why Sunbridge Solar in houses all grant writing, incentive, utility, and permit paperwork. Every project is graded on feasibility/readiness, costs, financing, additionality and community benefits as well as public exposure. Below is a list of questions and preferred project characteristics to assist you to make a decision.
Preferred Project Characteristics
Projects will have additional weighting if they include;
- Solar tied to electric vehicle charging and/or microgrid
- Targets underserved populations (low income or rural)
- Provide robust public engagement and education plans
- Use local materials and labor
- Have a solar contractor that is financially/time invested the project
Let Sunbridge Solar Help
At Sunbridge Solar, we have worked and won multiple competitive grants for our customers. People love using Sunbridge because we provide turnkey solar panel installations for all sizes of organizations. We in-house all grant writing, permits, utility paperwork, and installation and post-install support.