Cash incentives for energy-efficient construction
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Cash incentives for energy-efficient construction

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The Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives and design assistance for more energy-efficient homes and buildings.  Programs for both residential and commercial constructions are described below.

Commercial buildings.

The New Buildings program offers incentives and services for commercial, or business and public sector, customers planning new construction projects as well as renovations, additions, and tenant improvement projects. The program offers design support via early design assistance, energy studies, and commissioning. The sooner energy efficiency is factored into an owner’s building plans, the greater the benefits. Hosting an energy charrette is the perfect place to start, and it qualifies a project for cash incentives early in the design phase. For projects that involve a whole-building energy model, Energy Trust incentives can cover a portion of the approved energy analysis costs. Additional financial support is also available for energy studies that go beyond traditional energy modeling and help inform efficient building design.  The New Buildings program has multiple pathways for receiving incentives for the installation of efficient gas and electric equipment. From individual equipment to whole building energy efficiency to solar installation, Energy Trust can work with your business and public sectors.  

New Home Construction

The Residential single-family construction program provides incentives ranging from $1,200 to $6,000 to builders and owner-builders for constructing homes that are built more efficient than the residential energy code. The program prides itself on flexibility and allows for any efficiency improvements in the home to count towards a performance-based incentive, meaning the more efficient the home the higher the incentive. Additionally, homeowners benefit from the EPS sheet that is issued on every home, providing the homeowners with insights on the homes monthly and annual estimated utility bills, energy use and generation, plus environmental impact of carbon. Residential new construction program offers:

  • Performance based cash incentives based on energy efficiency above code construction, including enhanced incentives for early design assistance
  • Additional cash incentives for the installation of solar electric systems
  • Optional - Marketing/branding support throughout the development cycle
  • No-cost training, engineering review and field support for advanced building practices and technologies
  • Site verification, quality assurance and documentation of compliance for 3rd party certification

Energy Trust is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. In Southern Oregon we serve customers of Pacific Power and Avista.  We work with government agencies and departments to provide services and support that achieve local goals, such as energy savings and clean energy generation goals.