Pilot solar program fills in 15 minutes

Oregon’s solar pilot program opened for applications at 8 a.m. and was full 15 minutes later.

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Oregon began accepting applications for its solar energy pilot program on Thursday at 8 a.m.

PGE and Pacific Power ran out of allotments within 15 minutes.  The next enrollment opportunity is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Oct. 1.

Officials may reduce payment amounts for future applicants to the new pilot program, given the strong demand exhibited Thursday. The amounts also vary by region of the state.

At Pacific Power, about 75 solar projects gained initial approval. PGE confirmed capacity for 97 projects able to generate a total of about 1 megawatt. The entire pilot program is limited to 25 megawatts of capacity.

Idaho Power, whose Oregon customers are eligible, cut off applications at 10:15 a.m. Thursday after certifying about 30 projects in its initially allotted 200 kilowatts of capacity.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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