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Solar Energy in Oregon

Solar Panels in Oregon

There are currently at least 4,280 solar panel installations throughout the state of Oregon right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Oregon

The average monthly solar radiation level in Oregon's capital city, Salem, of 3.94 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 6% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 40% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Oregon values listed here are based on the capital, Salem.

Solar Radiation in Oregon

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Oregon solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Oregon values listed here are based on the capital, Salem.

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Solar Installs in Oregon

Solar Panel Installations in Oregon

A look at solar installs in Oregon. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in OR vs. the cumulative install total of rest of OR counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Oregon

There are currently at least 4,280 solar panel installations throughout the state of Oregon right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Oregon
    • Multnomah County: 735 solar installs
    • Lane County: 655 solar installs
    • Washington County: 356 solar installs
    • Benton County: 341 solar installs
    • Jackson County: 294 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 1,899 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Oregon

Oregon Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Oregon averaged 10.69 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in April 2017, which was approximately 16% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.70¢/kWh in April. [2]

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Oregon Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Oregon averaged $11.15 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in April 2017, which was about 2% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $11.38 per Mcf in April. [3]

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More about Oregon

About Oregon

Oregon ranks 28th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 3,831,074. [4]

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Solar Energy in OR

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Oregon, or for additional solar-related resources in OR, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Various missions to space by different countries are known to utilize solar energy as a main power source.

Cities in Oregon

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