Residential Energy Tax Credits for Solar

General Information 

Residents can get a credit on their Oregon income taxes for adding
solar energy system(s) to their homes, helping to reduce imported fossil
fuels and preserve Oregon’s environment.

After the system is installed, residents can file a Residential Energy Tax
Credit (RETC) application. Each solar technology must be installed
according to minimum requirements. The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE)
maintains a list of solar companies that understand these requirements.
Residential – Solar Electric (PV) Tax Credits
Solar electric systems, also called “PV” systems generate electricity directly
from the sun using photovoltaic modules. More information is available
on solar electric (PV) page.
  1. Tax credit is based on $1.90 per watt of installed capacity (DC) up to $6,000 per residence taken over four years ($1,500 per year) limited to 50 percent of the cost of the system.
  2. Must be verified by a tax credit technician. 
  3. Must be comprised of new UL listed equipment.
  4. Be a minimum of 200 watts.
Solar Domestic Water Heating Residential Tax Credits

Solar domestic water heating systems use roof-mounted solar collectors to
pre-heat incoming cold water so that on a sunny day, little or no backup water
heating is needed. More information is available on the solar water heating page.
  1. System must be verified by a tax credit technician.
  2. Tax credit is based on estimated energy savings for a typical four-person household.
  3. Tax credit amount is $0.60 per kWh saved up to $1,500.
  4. Credit is limited to 100 percent of the total system cost.
  5. Equipment must be new and either OG-300 certified or listed as a “Research and Development” system by ODOE.
  Residential – Solar Pool Heating Tax Credits

Solar Pool heating systems are very effective for increasing swimming pool
temperatures under warm sunny conditions. Most collector systems use unglazed
type collectors that are not effective under cloudy, rainy or cool conditions.
These systems can eliminate the need for backup heat during most of a typical
outdoor swimming season. Annual savings vary greatly, depending on the size
of the pool and the number of months used each year. Use of a pool
blanket is highly recommended with or without a solar pool heating system.
  1. Equipment must be new and collector must come with a 10-year warranty. 
  2. Collector area must be at least 40 percent of the pool surface area if there is a pool blanket. 
  3. Collector area must be at least 60 percent of the pool surface area without pool blanket. 
  4. Tax credit amount is $0.15 per kWh saved up to $1,500. 
  5. Credit is limited to 50 percent of the total system cost.
Residential – Passive Solar Space Heating Tax Credits
Passive solar space heating relies on the use of windows, a home’s design
and construction materials to collect and store heating energy.
  1. Systems must produce energy savings equal to or greater than 20 percent of the annual energy used for space heating in the dwelling. 
  2. New or retrofit homes are eligible. 
  3. Tax credit amount is $0.60 per kWh saved up to $1,500. 
  4. Energy savings are determined by ODOE. 
  5. Systems must meet minimum passive solar design criteria.
Residential – Active Solar Space Heating Tax Credits
Active solar space heating systems use solar collectors to heat water that is
used to heat the home. These systems are more complicated than any of the
other solar energy systems; should be designed and built by trained or
experienced professionals. A RETC is based on:
  1. Systems that produce energy savings equal to not less than 15 percent of the annual energy used for space heating in the dwelling 
  2. A tax credit amount is $0.60 per kWh saved up to $1,500. 
  3. Energy savings estimated by the solar professional and reviewed by ODOE. 
  4. Verification by a tax-credit technician.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

September 11, 2014

People's Climate March
In years to come, suppose you are asked: "What were you were doing on
September 21, 2014?"
Will you say: "I was sitting at home, it was just another Sunday."
will you say: "I was standing with thousands of others in the People’s Climate March, the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever held!"

How will YOU take a stand?
Go to New York City (details)
Go on the SOCAN van to Eugene's People's Climate March Solidarity Event (Contact Kathy immediately to reserve a place-details)
Join SOCAN at the People's Climate March in Eugene Oregon (details)
Collect signatures for The Oregon Climate Declaration (copy of declaration to print)
Sign the Oregon Climate Declaration (electronic form)
Talk to others about Climate Change
Write a letter to a politician or a newspaper (details)
Join others in  the Global Releaf Project as they plant trees (details)

SOCAN Meeting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Medford Public Library, 205 South Central Avenue

Special Topic Presentation: Discussion of Jackson County Candidate Forum on Clean Energy & Climate Change: Opportunities and Impacts for the Rogue Valley
(6:00 - 6:30 pm)
  Adams Room  
The organizing team members Hannah Sohl, Julian Bell, and Brad Carrier will discuss the forum, its objectives, and how it will be conducted. The Candidate Forum is sponsored by SOCAN and Rogue Climate and will be held on Wednesday October 8th (see below)
Monthly Meeting
(6:30 - 8:00 pm)  Large Meeting Room

New Format: Beginning this month, SOCAN will start a new format for meetings.
September: Information meeting*
October: Action Meeting**
November: Action Meeting**
(cycle repeats in January)
*Information Meeting: This is a chance to find out about SOCAN through brief presentations on SOCAN Projects and recommit to action on climate change. The meeting will end with time to talk to leaders about projects that interest you.
**Action Meeting: These one-hour meetings are designed for people who want to TAKE ACTION. Actions will be identified for each meeting. Participants will decide  which action they wish to work on.

Jackson County Candidate Forum on Clean Energy and Climate Change: Opportunities and Impacts for the Rogue Valley

Wednesday, October 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
RCC/SOU Higher Education Center Presentation Hall, 101 S Bartlett, Medford
All Candidates for Oregon Senate District 3 and Jackson County Commission have been invited.
Moderator: Geoffrey Riley, Jefferson Public Radio News Director and Host of The Jefferson Exchange.
The Program will feature questions from the organizing team, questions from the audience, and a brief opportunity to meet the candidates following the forum
Sponsors: Rogue Climate  & Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Can You Help? Volunteers are needed to 'Table' with brochures/flyers for at Growers' Markets for next couple of weeks - contact David Beale.

City of Ashland Divestment Resolution

At their Study Session on Monday, the Ashland City Council, will discuss the Divestment Resolution presented by the SOCAN Divestment Project. The Divestment Proposal asks the council to request that the boards of the Oregon Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) and Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) divest from fossil fuels.
If you would like the City of Ashland to support this resolution;
please attend the meeting to show YOUR support.
Ashland City Council Study Session
Monday, September 15, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Siskiyou Room, Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way, Ashland
(Across from Lithia Park)
Please wear your orange SOCAN shirt, if you have one. SOCAN buttons will be available at the door for those who don't have a SOCAN shirt.
Link to the September 15th Study Session agenda, resolution, and notes

Upcoming Courses & Presentations

September 6, 13, and 20 1:00 – 3:00 pm ‘Climate Change and the Rogue Valley’ at 
Coyote Trails Jefferson Nature Center (Details)
Sept 8 – Nov 10 1:00 - 3:00 pm ‘Carbon Pollution, Climate Change and Rogue Consequences’ at Medford Higher Education Center (Details)
September 25 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 'Pipeline Perspectives' at Medford Public Library (Details)
October 2, 9, and 16 7:00 – 9:00 pm ‘Climate Change and the Rogue Valley’ at North Mountain Park Nature Center (Details)

SOCAN Projects

A chance to work with others to take Action
Link to Projects

Consider a SOCAN Donation

SOCAN has tax exempt status under the umbrella of Peace House.  If you are able to make a donation, please consider the work of SOCAN and contribute to our efforts. All money is used to further SOCAN activities; since we are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, contributions do not get lost in administrative costs. Donation details.