Energy Trust has $1M for large solar project developers

Energy Trust of Oregon is looking for good, large solar projects to share $1 million in incentive funding.

Energy Trust of Oregon is looking for good, large solar projects to share $1 million in incentive funding. 

Energy Trust of Oregon put out a call this week for large solar projects that would operate in Portland General Electric's territory or sell power to the utility.

The nonprofit has $1 million in its budget to offer as incentives to solar projects ranging in size from 100 kilowatts to 10 megawatts. It will accept project bids for the incentive cash until March 8, announcing the winning project or projects in May.

To apply, proposed projects must satisfactorily demonstrate the ability to be installed and operational by May 22, 2014.

Energy Trust, an energy efficiency and renewable energy nonprofit funded by local utilities, provides incentives for a range of energy conservation and clean power projects.

Dave McClelland, senior solar project manager for energy, said the Energy Trust solar incentive budget is smaller than it was last year, prompting the competitive bidding process.

"This year we have a set amount of money that we'd like to maximize," McClelland said, "so we're hoping to get the best project we can get."

Details of the RFP-process are available via Energy Trust's website.

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