This division of administrative rules clarifies, specifies and establishes standards and criteria for the Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program (program) and Fund established by the 2016 Legislative session through HB 4037. The SDI program was established to incentivize the generation of electricity from solar photovoltaic energy.
Program overview. The SDI program offers a flat cents-per-kilowatt hour (kWh) payment for all output from an Enrolled Project for up to 5 years. Oregon Business Development Department (Department) will make monthly payments to an owner or operator of an Enrolled Project. Owners of eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems with a Nameplate Capacity of between 2 and 10 megawatts (MW) enrolled in the SDI program can receive a monthly payment of $0.005/kWh electricity demonstrably generated by the Enrolled Project for a period of up to 5 years.
Application review. Application for the SDI program is subject to program qualification review and a project readiness assessment. Projects that are deemed qualified will be evaluated by a selection committee designated by the Department to determine if Applicants demonstrated that the project will likely be executed within program timelines. The selection committee will generate an enrollment queue based on the likelihood of a project’s ability to begin generating electricity no later than January 2, 2018. The Department will offer enrollment to projects according to their position in the queue and cap participation of a single owner or operator at 35MWs of projects.