2019 OSEIA Legislative Priorities
HB 2618 - Rooftop solar + storage incentive
Oregon has not had a statewide solar incentive for the past year and it is hurting customers across the state who want to install solar but need some support to make it happen. HB 2618 provides a rebate for up to $6,000 or 40% of the solar system. Unlike other Oregon incentives, this grant program would be statewide, allowing access to all Oregonians. The addition of battery storage paired with solar allows for resiliency in the face of emergencies. HB 2618 has bi-partisan sponsors in both chambers. Read more about the bill here (link to fact sheet, which is located in the policy, 2019 folder)
HB 2497 - Improving the Green Energy Technology 1.5% set aside
Oregon public buildings that receive state funds to build or remodel are required to dedicate 1.5% of the project cost to green energy technologies. While some great solar projects have been built across the state, other projects should have been built but ended up not complying with state requirements. HB 2497 seeks to make the law more flexible while also making sure it is properly followed. In addition, the bill includes solar paired with battery storage to count toward the 1.5%.
More information on other bills coming soon!