Note: Applications for 2016 incentives are currently available on EWEB's website. As of February 1, 2016, 47% of the incentive funding available for the year has been allocated.
The Eugene Water & Electric Board's (EWEB) Solar Electric Program offers financial incentives for residential, nonprofit, and government customers that generate electricity solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The 2016 incentive amount for residential net metered customers is $0.40 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $2,500. The rebate for non-residential customers is $0.50 per watt-AC, with a maximum incentive of $12,500. Rebate amounts are based on the electrical output of the system after equipment and site losses are calculated. Under the rebate program, customers retain ownership of all renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with customer generation. There is a reservation system for customers taking the rebate under the net metering program, with aggregate caps for each of three reservation periods. Customers that do not meet an 85% total solar resource fraction are eligible for net metering and interconnection, but not incentives.
Interested customers should contact EWEB early in the process before installing a system. All system owners must submit an EWEB Solar Electric Program Application as well as execute an interconnection agreement and net metering agreement. A building permit is required, and all systems must be inspected first by city or county building officials and then by EWEB. All system equipment must be UL-listed. All PV modules and inverters must be listed and rated in the California Energy Commission’s Emerging Renewables Program. This list is available on the Go Solar California's Eligible Solar Equipment website.