Residential Buildings

  • Learn how much you can save through the Inflation Reduction Act incentives. Check out the IRA Savings Calculator from Rewiring America.
  • Looking to save energy at home? Energy Trust of Oregon has resources to help you save energy and money.
    • Information for homeowners – including home energy audits, incentives and rebates, DIY resources, and more – can be found here.
    • Information for renters – including tips for saving energy, working with your landlord to improve energy efficiency, and weatherization programs for renters – can be found here.
  • Interested in electrifying your home? Rewiring America’s “Electrify Everything” Home Guide can help you get started.
  • Have a historic building and want to retrofit it with energy efficiency or solar generation? Check out these guides on best practices from the National Parks Service.
  • Low income residents can access resources through Mid-Columbia Community Action Council’s weatherization program to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes or rentals (with approval from the land lord).
  • Mid-Columbia Housing Resource Center’s Home Repair program can also support low income homeowners to make improvements to their homes, including energy efficiency upgrade needed for health and safety.

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Solar

  • Curious about residential solar? Watch replays from the Solarize Hood River County webinars to learn more. 
  • Find out about the federal solar tax credit here.
  • Learn about Oregon Department of Energy’s solar+storage rebate program here
  • Information about Energy Trust of Oregon’s solar incentives can be found here.
  • Renters and homeowners can learn about Oregon’s community solar program here.
  • Oregon’s community solar program offers additional benefits and discounts for income-qualified subscribers. Learn more here.

Transportation

  • Ride transit! Visit the Columbia Area Transit website to find information about routes, fares, and more.
  • Interested in purchasing an EV? State and Federal incentives can help bring down the cost.
    • Learn more about federal incentives by visiting FuelEconomy.gov.
    • Find out more about Oregon’s EV incentives here: Go Electric Oregon. NOTE: Oregon’s clean vehicles rebate program was suspended on May 1, 2023 due to funding availability. The program will reopen if more funding is authorized.
  • EV owners and those who are curious about public charging can visit Plugshare.com to search for information about public chargers.
  • Interested in zero emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles? Check out Drive to Zero’s inventory of available vehicles: Zero-Emission Technology Inventory
  • Pacific Power offers free assistance for Pacific Power non-residential customers to help evaluate vehicle options, charging, financial incentives, and more. Learn more here: Pacific Power EV Charging Station & Fleet Planning Technical Assistance
  • Pacific Power’s Electric Mobility grant program is available to nonresidential customers for studying, planning, promoting, or deploying electric transportation technology and projects-including funding for EV charging installation.
  • ODOT’s Community Charging Rebate program supports level 2 chargers at publicly accessible parking lots and multi-family housing. This program is open through October 13, 2023. Read the factsheet and visit the webpage to learn more.
  • Businesses and tax-exempt organizations that are looking to buy a qualifying clean vehicle may qualify for the IRA 45W tax credit, which may cover the lesser of the incremental cost of the vehicle or 30% of the purchase price. Find out more here

Small Business and Agriculture

  • USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program can help small businesses or agricultural produces with loans, loan guarantees, or grants to support energy generation or efficiency projects.
  • The Rural and Agricultural Energy Audit Program at ODOE can cover 75% of the cost of an energy audit for your small business or farm while funding is available.
  • ETO has a variety of resources for managing your energy use,  improving efficiency in your existing buildings, planning for incorporating energy efficiency into new construction or major renovations, or adding solar generation. Check out their commercial page here.
  • Wy’east Resource Conservation and Development can help farms connect with electric equipment information and testing, energy audits, and energy efficiency programs focused on agriculture and irrigation.
Public Facilities
  • Students, teachers, and parents, Rewiring America has created resources to help with planning and implementation of electrification efforts at schools. Find out more here.
  • Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has launched its Community Renewable Energy Grant Program that supports energy generation and resilience projects.
  • Oregon Department of Energy has compiled a list of energy and climate-related funding that’s available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). These programs are available to private businesses, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, utilities, tribes, and local governments. Find out more here.