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Solar Ready

For EPS New Construction

Plan Ahead for Seamless Solar Installation

Solar ready homes are built to allow for easier installation of a solar electric system when the time is right. By designing for a clear solar roof space, installing conduit from the attic to the electric panel, and leaving room for future components of a solar electric system, you can add flexibility and value to your homes. Energy Trust offers resources to help you build solar ready and distinguish your homes in the marketplace by showcasing this valuable feature to your customers.

Energy Trust provides technical assistance and financial incentives but does not develop, sell or install energy systems or equipment. This work is done by independent businesses that are solely responsible for the quality and performance of their installations.

Energy Trust provides a list of solar trade ally contractors who can perform the solar ready installation. Builders can also use an electrical subcontractor to complete the solar ready work; however, a solar trade ally contractor will be required to install the solar system. Talk to your program verifier about connecting with an installer. For more information, questions or comments, call us at 1.877.283.0698.

  1. Establish the home’s eligibility. Installation site must be in Oregon and grid-connected with electricity provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. Solar ready is only available on homes that receive an EPS™. Your program-approved verifier will document the installation.
  2. Select a contractor to perform the installation in accordance with Energy Trust’s Solar Ready Installation Requirements.
  3. Inform your Energy Trust verifier of solar ready infrastructure prior to first inspection.
  4. Your program-approved verifier will inspect the infrastructure for compliance at first and second inspections. You will receive your incentive with your whole-home incentive check at project completion.

Energy Trust provides incentives to builders to reduce the installation cost of verified infrastructure for solar ready electric systems. A builder can qualify for a maximum incentive of $200 per home.

Sites with a Total Solar Resource Fraction (TSRF) of 80 percent or above will qualify for an incentive. A site’s solar resource is evaluated using an approved shade analysis tool or a prescriptive method. Refer to Section 1.10 of the requirements for further information.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Review the Solar Ready Residential Installation Requirements and the Solar Ready Checklist for complete details.