Solar Thermal Electric

Self-Direction of Public Purpose Charges (LECPPP)

Oregon's 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation (SB 1149) required Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) to collect a 3% public-purpose charge from their customers to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Large electric consumers may be eligible to direct a portion of their public purpose charge for conservation projects and renewable energy resources on qualified sites.

To qualify, consumers must use over one average megawatt or 8,760,000 kilowatt hours a year. The site must either be metered through a single meter or be contiguous (buildings within 1,000 feet of each other). The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) must certify

EZ Investment Tax Credit Refund for Renewable Energy Projects

Colorado's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state -- those having a high unemployment rate, low per capita income, or a low population growth rate.  A taxpayer may claim an EZ investment tax credit for qualified investments located in an enterprise zone. The income tax credit is equal to 3% of the investment. A taxpayer can claim up to $750,000 during any tax year for eligible renewable energy. 

Refund in Lieu of a Tax Credit

A taxpayer who places a new renewable energy investment

Renewable Energy Standard

Note: In June 2016, the Public Service Board issued an Order implementing the RES. A rulemaking will follow in 2017 or 2018.

In June 2015, H.B. 40 was enacted, establishing a mandatory renewable portfolio standard - called the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) - for the first time in Vermont history. The state previously had a renewable energy goal, as part of the Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) program. 

Eligible Technologies

Eligible renewable technologies are defined as those that use "a technology that relies on a resource that is being consumed at a harvest rate at or below its natural

Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment

Note: Some utilities have reached their cap for incentive allocations under the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment program. Some of these utilities have reduced per-customer incentive amounts in response, while others have closed the program to new applicants. Interested customers should check with their electric utility on the availability and level of incentive payments.

In May 2005, Washington enacted Senate Bill 5101, establishing production incentives for individuals, businesses, and local governments that generate electricity from solar power, wind power or anaerobic digesters. The incentive amount paid to the producer starts at a base rate of $0.15 per kilowatt-hour


Note: This program is closed to new applications. The summary below is for informational purposes only. 

In September 2009, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a decision that established a feed-in tariff in Hawaii. The feed-in tariff is offered by the three investor-owned utilities: HECO, MECO and HELCO. The rates for the feed-in tariff, schedule, and standard interconnection agreements were approved on October 13, 2010. This program will be reviewed by the PUC two years after the start of the program and every three years thereafter. The FIT for Tiers 1 and 2 opened November 17, 2010 for HECO

Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT)

Note: In a December 2017 letter to the IOUs the Executive Director of the CPUC declared that the U.S. District Court had declared that the Re-MAT program violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution by placing numerical limits on utility obligations to purchase power from QFs, and establishing a purchase price different than the utility's avoided cost. The letter instructed the IOUs to not accept or approve new Re-MAT contracts pending further CPUC action. 

All investor-owned utilities and publicly-owned utilities with 75,000 or more customers must make a standard Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT) available to their customers. As

Palau - Net Metering

Note: The Republic of Palau is a United States associated state. 

The Palau Net Metering Act of 2009 established net metering on the Island of Palau. Net metering was implemented in order to:

1. Encourage investment in renewable energy sources. 

2. Stimulate economic growth.

3. Reduce demand for electricity when alternative energy is available.

4. Enhance the continued diversification of the energy resources used in Palau.

5. Reduce fossil fuel imports for electricity generation and increase energy independence. 

6. Reduce carbon emissions and benefit Palau's environment. 

Eligibility and Availability 

An eligible net metering customer-generator is a residential, commerical, government, or

Energy Revolving Loan Fund

The Rhode Island Economic Development Cooperation (RIEDC) administers Energy Revolving Loan Fund (ELF) which provides low interest loans for RI business for energy saving investments. This loan program is funded by reprogrammed stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funds can be used to install renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, or purchase energy saving equipment. Terms of loan vary between 5-10 years with interest rates between 1%-3% depending on the project.

Businesses applying for financing are required to provide:

  • Earnings which can support the debt requested or projected growth which can generate a clear path to earnings

West Penn Power SEF Grant Program

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) promotes the use of renewable energy and clean energy among commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers in the West Penn market region. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, low-impact hydro, sustainable biomass such as closed-loop biomass and biomass gasification, and innovative natural gas technologies as well as energy efficiency. Clean energy refers to advanced technologies, including landfill gas and fuel cells, which use fossil fuels but have significantly lower emissions and waste than current commercialized technologies and fuels derived from waste.

In addition to loans, the program also offers grants up to $25,000 for

City of Wichita - Solar Contractor Licensing

Any person in the business of installing, repairing, replacing, altering, or maintenance of a solar energy system must, before obtaining any permit or transacting any business, obtain a license from the superintendent of central inspection.

The energy advisory board designates the times and place for examination of all applicants desiring to engage in or work at the business of installing, repairing, replacing, altering, or maintenance of a solar energy system in the city.

All applicants for a journeyman installer certificate must have had a minimum of 1 year practical experience at the trade to prove his ability, or such other qualifications