Depending on whether or not your utility company participates in the cash incentive program with Energy Trust of Oregon, you can likely claim 2 forms of solar incentives for installing a solar system on your home. The incentives and tax credits are outlined below.
Energy Trust of Oregon Incentive
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers a cash incentive for Pacific Power and Portland General Electric customers. Basically, if you pay Pacific Power or PGE each month for electricity, your home will qualify for this incentive. The ETO incentive is immediately taken off the total project cost.
Federal Tax Credit
Homeowners can receive federal tax credit for 30% of the total system cost to be filed during the same year when the installation and interconnection (when the system is live, connected to the utility meter, and passed all inspections) is completed. For example, an installation and interconnection completed on December 29, 2017 can be claimed on your 2017 taxes, which are filed by April 15, 2018 as a credit. Sunlight Solar will provide instructions regarding how to claim this tax credit.