Residential Solar


The Basics

What is it: Residential solar pv systems are installations at residential homesites, usually roof top, sometimes ground mount. These systems are interconnected into the grid and net-metered on your electricity bill.

The Workforce: Residential solar produces more in state, long term jobs than any other sector. Oregon has roughly 3,700 people in our solar workforce, of those ___ work in the residential solar space. Learn more about Solar Jobs.

Project size and location: Typically these systems are 3kW - 10kW in size. Currently Oregon has over ____residential solar systems installed totaling _____ MW. ODOE’s Solar Dashboard displays installations over time.

How does Residential Solar fit into your community?

Solar energy is sustainable, renewable, and plentiful. As the cost of using solar to produce electricity goes down, and the cost of fossil and other forms of energy are increasing, many Oregonians are increasingly investing in solar. Below are additional benefits of residential solar.

Freedom to Choose

Oregonian’s have the freedom to choose solar over fossil fuels. Investing in rooftop solar on your home and/or business, opting into renewable energy programs with your utility, and participating in Oregon’s Community Solar program are options the solar industry and solar advocates have worked hard to make available for as many Oregonians as possible.

Cost Savings

A solar electric system provides an opportunity for anyone who is looking to reduce monthly utility bills and make a long-term, low-risk investment. Financial returns and lower monthly utility bills are major incentives for going solar. The exact savings you will see with solar depends on the following: 

  • Electricity consumption

  • Solar energy system size

  • Your goals and budget

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Solar Systems Impact on Home Values

Adding a photovoltaic (PV) solar system to a house is almost always a good real estate investment and may contribute to increasing home values by 3 to 4 percent. The combined benefit of higher resale value and lifetime energy savings makes solar a compelling financial investment.

One study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , which analyzed the sale of nearly 4,000 homes with solar in eight states, determined that some buyers are willing to pay a premium of $12,000-$15,000 for a home with an average-sized, resident-owned solar array.  That illustrates how important it is for buyers and sellers to familiarize themselves with how solar affects property values.

A Pathway to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

When investing in solar for your home, it is important to consider ways to reduce energy demand through no-cost conservation and low-cost energy efficiency measures in addition to off-setting energy demand on the grid.  By combining energy efficiency and solar, one can maximize reductions of their home’s carbon footprint.

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Achieving Energy Independence

Most residential solar systems are tied into the grid which allows you to pull energy from utility lines and push unused energy from your solar system to the grid. Being grid-tied is a way to achieve reliability and cost reductions.  Greater energy independence can be achieve when solar is paired with battery storage. A homeowner can add battery storage to their solar system to power their home when the grid goes down, if utilities have time of use rates, or to go off grid completely.

Federal, State, Local Policies, Regulations, and Reports

Federal Investment Tax Credit

Oregon Solar Grant Program

Portland Clean Energy Fund

Energy Trust of Oregon Request analysis + bid

Oregon Solar Workforce Diversity Study

National Solar Jobs Census

National Solar Workforce Diversity Study

Environment America’s Solar Homes Report