How it works
Small power producers sell power directly to PGE and receive a check each billing cycle for their electricity.
The sale price is based on PGE’s Avoided Cost, which is lower than the retail rate used for crediting customers of our Net Metering Service.
Under state regulations for small power producers, participants must sell power directly to the utility and pay utility rates for any energy they might use. There is also a monthly charge for reading the production meter.
Generating 10 MW or less
To sell power from a facility that has a nameplate of 10 MW of power or less:
- The facility must meet federal rules for a qualifying facility.
- The facility and related equipment must meet standards as designated by the state of Oregon, PGE and local electrical and building codes.
- If the system generates more than 30 amps, it must have a lockable isolation device readily accessible to PGE at all times.
- You must demonstrate proof of site control (property tax bill, deed, lease agreement or other legally binding contract) for the location of the facility.
- You must carry general liability insurance for a facility with a nameplate capacity of more than 200 kilowatts. Limits and conditions are subject to PGE approval.
- For multiple generators, the total nameplate capacity at a point of interconnection must be 10 MW or less.
- There may be delivery points on PGE’s System that are constrained. If you wish to use a particular point to delivery, you should inform PGE as soon as possible so that PGE can study whether delivery to that point will be feasible. PGE’s System currently has limited or no Available Transmission Capability on certain transmission paths. The following points are not acceptable points of delivery for Qualifying Facility contracts:
Schedule 201 contracts
- Standard In-System Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard In-System Non-Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Off-System Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Off-System Non-Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Renewable In-System Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Renewable In-System Non-Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Renewable Off-System Variable Power Purchase Agreement
- Standard Renewable Off-System Non-Variable Power Purchase Agreement
Generating more than 10 MW
If your qualifying facility has a nameplate capacity greater than 10 MW and you’d like to sell power, PGE will buy the power under a negotiated power purchase agreement.
This contract with PGE covers all aspects of the sale, delivery and purchase of this power and the rights and responsibilities of both parties. For more information call 503-464-8000 and ask for the power production coordinator.
Solar feed-in tariff
The Oregon Legislature created a “feed-in tariff” program to encourage the development of more solar energy projects in the state by offering customers an attractive payment rate for the power their systems generate.
Solar projects 100 kW or smaller may participate in the feed-in tariff through our Solar Payment Option.
If your facility qualifies for small power production and you want to sell power to PGE, you will need to complete the following forms, as appropriate:
- Tier 1 application for inverter-based facilities 25 kW and smaller
- Tier 2-4 application for facilities 10 MW and smaller
- Certificate of completion to submit after electrical inspection
- Interconnection equipment as-built specifications for submission on or about the time of the witness test
Small power production contact
For more information, contact the small power production coordinator at 503-464-8000 or via mail:
- Portland General Electric
Small power production coordinator
121 SW Salmon St., 3WTC-0407
Portland, OR 97204