Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Oregon Public Utility Commission revised rates for its solar feed-in tariff pilot program.
Incentive rates for distributed solar — such as solar panels on a home — will now pay more for small systems in several of the state’s rainy counties, including and surrounding Portland, but will hold steady elsewhere, and pay less for medium systems in some cases.
The changes represent the maturing of the a pilot program that launched in July 2010 offering between 55 cents and 65 cents per kilowatt hour to participants who install solar systems.
“Ultimately the commission is looking for that sweet spot, where the prices are in just the right place,” said Moshrek Sobhy, senior utility and energy analyst for the PUC. Recent changes, he said, are “pointing to the right direction. We may not be exactly there, but we are very close.”
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.