Local Option - Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones

Program Local Option - Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Oregon
Administrator The Oregon Business Development Commission
Website http://www.oregon4biz.com/Oregon-Business/Tax-Incentives/Renewable-Energy/Zones/
Technologies Solar Photovoltaics

Cities, counties, or several contiguous counties in Oregon can set up Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones. The zone can only cover territory outside of the urban growth boundary of any large city or metropolitan area. Businesses must meet certain employment and/or investment requirements to be eligible.

Commercial renewable energy property in these zones are eligible for a 3 to 5 year local property tax exemption. Eligible property includes either wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, or other unconventional forms of electricity generation, or systems that produce, distribute or store biofuels. Each zone sets a local cap for the total value of property that can qualify for the abatement, up to $250 million. Interested businesses must apply for authorization before construction or installation begins.

Depending on the zone, businesses may also be eligible for other local property tax incentives. For a current list of designated zones, see the program website listed above. 

Designated Zones:

Clackamas County* Effective May 3, 2011

Coos County Effective December 2, 2019

Crook County Effective January 1, 2020

Deschutes County* Effective January 8, 2015

Douglas County Effective January 29, 2020

Jackson County* Effective December 12, 2014

Lake County Effective July 1, 2019

Linn County* Effective July 1, 2018

Malheur County Effective January 1, 2015

Polk County* Effective July 1, 2018

Sherman County Effective February 28, 2019

Wasco County Effective May 6, 2020

City of Pilot Rock Effective February 18, 2020


*Excluding any area within urban growth boundary (UGB) of a metropolitan region or city with a population of 30,000 or more.

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