Funding is available for local renewable projects through our new RFP processPGE customers who purchase renewable energy support the development of new renewable power projects in Oregon. Since 1999, this support has funded many local renewable power projects through the PGE Renewable Development Fund. Thanks to the rapidly growing number of PGE renewable power customers, the fund has grown to $11 million.
A new RFP process is now available to distribute these funds for local renewable projects. Third-party vendors will accept and evaluate applications for project funding starting early 2016. Projects will be awarded funding based on return on investment, innovative technology and the public education potential of the project.
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 about the funding opportunity and application process to RenewableDevFund@portlandgeneral.com. PGE will respond to all questions in writing. Applicant questions and PGE responses will be publicly posted to the Applicant Q&A document on a regular basis throughout the application period.
Past projects funded by the PGE Renewable Development Fund
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 statue atop the capitol in Salem.