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Incentives for Improvements

Cash incentives, state and federal tax credits and low- to moderate-income assistance opportunities for energy efficiency home improvements are listed by project. Only non-profit organizations or governmental agencies are listed. Information is verified for accuracy quarterly at minimum; however, always verify program information by click on the “additional program information” link.


Door, insulation, seal air leaks, general

Water (heating / treatment / efficiency)

Waste-water heat recovery, efficiency devices, heaters, outdoor spa cover, wastewater treatment

Tree Planting

Cash incentives and discounted trees

Stormwater Management

Cash Incentive: Up to 100% of on-site stormwater charge for Portland residents.

Requirements: Must register. Discount based on managing runoff from roofs only. Partial credit is available on a sliding scale for properties that manage any portion of stormwater on their site, including partial credits for tree coverage and a credit for residential properties that have less than 1,000 square feet of total impervious area.

Additional program details here.


Solar electric, solar pool heating, solar space heating (active and passive), solar water heaters.

Lead Paint Hazards

City of Portland grants to reduce lead-based paint hazards

Incentive: Grants up to $10,000.

Requirements: Owner occupant family must make under 80% MFI for Portland and have less than $20,000 in assets. Property must have a child under 6 residing in the home, or staying in the home more than 60 hours per year. Home must be located within Portland city limits, not in flood plain and built prior to 1978. All work to be performed by State Certified Lead Abatement Contractors.

Additional program details here.

Home Audits (free + cash incentive for fee-based audit)

Free, online: Online tool calculating home energy use.
Free, by phone: Get your questions answered and receive energy saving recommendations.
Cost varies: 3-4 hour Home Performance Audit.

Requirements: Varied, see addtional details, below.

Additional program details below.

Historic Preservation

Grant, loan and tax benefits: Various. See additional details, below.

Additional program details here.

Heating and Cooling

Direct-vent gas unit heaters, ductless heat pumps, gas furnaces, gas boiler, gas fireplaces, geothermal/ground-source heat pumps, heat pumps, heat recovery and energy recovery vent systems, installation of a qualifying above-ground oil tank, programmable thermostat, replacement oil burner, replacement oil furnace, wood and pellet stoves

Green Street Facilities

Grant: 1% for Green grant funds available for construction of green street facilities in the City of Portland that manage stormwater, enhance livability, and provide other environmental benefits.

Requirements: Projects may be in the public right-of-way or on private property, but must treat stormwater from the public right-of-way. Green street swales, curb extensions, planters, vegetated infiltration basins, porous paving or other facility types defined by the Sustainable Stormwater Management Program are eligible. Additional requirements apply.

Additional program details here.

Fuel Cells

Tax Credit (state): $0.60 cents per estimated kWh saved during the first year, up to $1,500.

Requirements: The fuel cell system must have a minimum rated stack capacity of 0.5 kilowatts and a maximum rated system capacity of 10 kilowatts.

Additional program details here.

Energy Saver Kit

Incentive: Free energy savings kit customized to information you input about your home–may include lightbulbs, faucet aerators, showerheads, etc.

Requirements: PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas customers.

Additional program details here.


Enhabit (formerly Clean Energy Works) financing/rebates/project management for larger projects; low-income financing for critical structure/heating/envelope repairs

Duct Work

Duct insulation, air leakage test, sealing


Clothes washers, refrigerators/freezers, refrigerator/freezer recycling

Accessory Dwelling Units

Fee Waiver: Until July 31, 2018, the Accessory Dwelling Unit fee is waived in Portland. Up to $10,000 in savings.

Requirements: The following SDC fees will be waived for ADU projects where a complete building permit application has been submitted on or before July 31, 2018, provided that the ADU receives approval of final inspection no later than June 30, 2019. .

Additional program details here.