Programs & Services
The Salem Electric Member Assistance Program (SEMAP) is available to qualifying members whose household income does not exceed income guidelines. Priority is given to seniors (age 60+), and persons with disabilities (those who receive or have applied for monetary benefits for their disability). Seniors and persons with disabilities may begin applying in December. All others may apply beginning in January. Assistance is limited to one payment per household each heating season and ranges from $150 to $225. Please contact us for more information on how to receive funds or donate to this program.
Energy assistance is also available through Salem Electric's Dollar Check-off Program. Funded by member donations, assistance is available as funding allows. For more information, please contact our office.
|Household Size||Gross Annual Income||Gross Monthly Income|
|Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon||503-364-8100|
|Center for Hope and Safety||503-399-7722|
|Housing Authority City of Salem||503-588-6368|
|Meals on Wheels||503-364-2856|
|Aging & Disability Resource
Connection NorthWest Senior
& Disability Services
|Information and Referral||211|
|Congregations Helping People
First Methodist Church
600 State Street
|Low Income Energy Assistance Program
1850 45th Ave NE Ste 101
|Northwest Human Services
694 Church Street NE
|St. Vincent de Paul Society
3745 Portland Road NE
|The Salvation Army
1977 Front Street NE
Salem Electric offers ten $1,500 college scholarships to applicants of all ages who meet eligibility requirements. Scholarships are awarded based on school activities, academic promise, and quality of application and essay. For more information contact the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion(OSAC).
- Applicants’ primary address must be served by Salem Electric.
- Applicants must be high school graduates (including home-school graduates) or GED recipients and must be planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program.
- Salem Electric staff, board members, and their immediate family members are ineligible.
The early bird application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is February 17, 2020, and the final deadline is March 2, 2020.
Apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov.
Safety Education in Schools
Salem Electric cares about children’s safety and provides free electrical safety programs to educate about the hazards associated with electricity.
Ideal for grades K-5, this program is presented by Salem Electric employees using an energized model display board. The presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes. Due to the size of the display, the program works best for groups of 40 or less; however, we would be happy to work with you to arrange multiple demonstrations so all interested students can attend. If you would like to schedule a demonstration at your school, please contact our Member Services Department at 503-362-3601.
Energy Efficiency Programs & Incentives
Salem Electric supports energy efficiency by providing incentives for members to save energy, reduce their electric bills, and help the environment.
A $40 incentive is available for qualifying clothes dryers, clothes washers, and water heaters installed within Salem Electric’s service area. Qualifying appliances must be ENERGY STAR rated and standard water heaters of 59 gallons or less must have an energy factor of .93 or greater (.91 or greater if it’s 60 gallons or more). A $300 incentive is available for heat pump water heaters (not to exceed 50% of heat pump cost).
When shopping for your new appliance look for the ENERGY STAR logo on the yellow Energy Guide label to help you compare energy efficiency. Visit EnergyStar.gov for more information.
Energy Smart Design
Existing commercial buildings, new commercial construction, and major remodels may be eligible for incentives through the Energy Smart Design Program. All projects must be preapproved and meet program guidelines. To learn more about the program and available incentives contact the Member Services Department at 503-362-3601.
Heat Pump Program
Incentives are available for residential members who install high-efficiency residential air source or ductless heat pumps. Download the Home Heating Guide to compare electric heating and cooling systems and determine what is best for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps
To ensure the greatest efficiency, air source heat pumps must meet the minimum Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF), SE sizing and installation guidelines and Performance Tested Comfort System (PTCS) standards.
$1,500 Incentive for Existing Homes
- For single-family homes located in SE’s service area regardless of the existing heating system or heating fuel type
- A residence must meet the SE WeatherWise Program standards. All cost-effective weatherization measures (ceiling, floor, wall, and duct insulation) must be completed before the heat pump is installed
$500 Incentive for New Homes
- Applies to homes connected to Salem Electric service within 12 months of applying for the incentive
Ductless Heat Pumps
Ductless Heat Pumps offer an option for heating and cooling without the additional expense or installation of ductwork. They are great for homes with existing zonal heating systems (i.e. baseboard, wall, or ceiling cable heat).
- $1,000 Homes with existing electric heat (zonal or forced air)
- $1,000 Multi-family housing
- $750 Homes with existing heat pumps, manufactured homes, or non-electrically heated homes
- $500 New single or multi-family homes
- $500 Commercial buildings
Contact Member Services at 503-362-3601 to schedule a home energy audit.
Incentives are available for qualifying photovoltaic (PV) systems that are net metered, do not exceed a generation capacity of 25kW, and comply with SE’s Net Metering Policy. Systems must meet Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) requirements including being UL listed and rated for connection to SE’s system. Installers must be ODOE-certified.
- Residential and general service members receive a $300 rebate per kW installed
- Rebates cannot exceed 50% of the total project and depend on the availability of funds
- The maximum rebate is $1,500
Salem Electric offers incentives for weatherizing your electrically heated home. Our SE energy analyst can help you decide which improvements will be the most cost-effective. Incentives are offered for the following energy efficient measures:
- Air Sealing
- Ceiling Insulation (R-49)
- Duct Insulation (R-11)
- Duct Sealing
- Electronic Thermostats
- Floor Insulation (R-30 or fill cavity)
- Replacement Patio Doors (.32 U-value)
- Replacement Windows (.30 U-value)
- Wall Insulation (R-13)
All non-electric heating equipment, excluding wood heat and non-electric heat pump backup systems, must be removed prior to weatherization.
Members who meet income guidelines and have permanently-installed electric heat may qualify for FREE weatherization.
Tree Trimming Request
Salem Electric trims vegetation that encroaches on our power lines and equipment. Trees that are unstable, diseased, dead, or leaning toward our lines can be dangerous and can cause a power outage. Visit Power Friendly Trees and City of Salem Acceptable Street Trees to learn about trees that can be planted near power lines.
If you have a tree or large branch on your property that is close to the high-voltage primary electric distribution power lines, please let us know by filling out the form or by calling us at 503-362-3601.
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