Since 1999, PGE customers have supported clean energy by choosing one of our Green FutureSM options. Their contributions have helped fund more than 8 MW of new renewable energy generation currently installed in Oregon, with another 3 MW under construction.
Today, Green Future is the most successful renewable power program of its kind in the country. The Renewable Development Fund (RDF) offers competitive funding awards to applicants deploying their own clean energy projects.
PGE will make funds available through an open and competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by third-party vendors in accordance with established evaluation criteria. Award funding is limited and will differ from project to project based on applicant request and available funding.
This process is overseen by the Portfolio Options Committee, a group of stakeholders representing groups including Citizens Utility Board, Renewable Northwest Project, Oregon Public Utility Commission and Oregon Department of Energy. The Committee will submit an annual report to the Oregon Public Utility Commission that details how the awarded funds have been allocated.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit questions to RenewableDevFund@portlandgeneral.com. For more information check out our resources or send us an email.
Get started on your renewable power project
- Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon to learn about additional funding sources and commercial incentives for solar PV projects. The Energy Trust can also connect you with qualified solar trade allies.
- Review the eligibility guidelines to determine if you are eligible for funding and the award requirement information to make sure your project meets the RDF goals and criteria.
- Gain support within your organization and with project partners and community members.
- Put together your project details, discuss available funding sources, and develop a project timeline. Review PGE’s information about generating your own power.
- Complete and submit your application before the May 31, 2019 deadline.
- The Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Resource Center provides numerous tools, templates, and guides to help communities accelerate adoption of solar energy.
- The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), a comprehensive, user-friendly and free source of information on state, local, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
Resources for educators
- Clean Energy Bright Futures, a program of Bonneville Environmental Foundation, provides a teacher learning center, classroom activities, live solar energy data, and hands-on science kits for educators.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratories provides teacher guides, readings, and project ideas.
- KidWind works with schools to provide renewable energy content that culminates with local, regional and national challenges for student teams.
Recently funded projects funded by Green Future's Renewable Development Fund
Solar projects: 2017
A variety of projects were awarded funds in 2017.
Solar and biogas projects: 2016
- Banks Fire District No. 13
- Milwaukie-Oak Grove Health Center
- Northwest Family Services
- Oregon Zoo
- Salem Health Center
- Zenger Farms
Portland Public Schools: Solar Installation 2015
More than 4,000 solar panels on six schools generate renewable energy for the schools and provide an energy education opportunity for students.
OMSI: Solar Installation 2010
The first of its kind in the U.S., a solar canopy in the south parking lot harnesses solar power to recharge everything from personal electronics to electric vehicles.
Oregon Solar Highway: 2008
The Baldock solar highway project on I-5 near Wilsonville has almost 7,000 panels and generates almost 9 percent of ODOT’s energy needs in PGE’s operating area.
Habitat for Humanity: Solar installation 2006
Produces 1.1 kW of power for a Habitat for Humanity house in North Portland.
Oregon State Capitol Building: Solar Installation 2002
Provides solar power to the grid and lights the 8.5-ton bronze and gold-leaf Oregon pioneer atop the dome.