Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Renewable Energy Products Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Certain renewable energy systems and equipment sold in Rhode Island are exempt from the state’s sales and use tax. This allows 100% tax exemption.

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1237/renewable-energy-products-sales-and-use-tax-exemption

Local Option – Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Rhode Island allows cities and towns to exempt, by ordinance, renewable energy systems from property taxation.

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/2801/local-option-property-tax-exemption-for-renewable-energy-systems

Small Scale Solar Grants (Commerce RI)

Rhode Island provides financial grants for small scale solar photovoltaic systems and domestic solar water heating systems to help reduce energy costs and increase renewable energy adoption. The program is funded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and alternative compliance payments (ACPs) from the state’s renewable portfolios standard (RPS). Systems that are directly owned (DO) and Third Party Owned systems have separate applications with different incentive levels. Solar PV systems are eligible up to $10,000 grant at an incentive of $1.05/ W for directly owned systems, and maximum of $5,000 grant at incentive for $0.70 for third party owned systems.

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5361/small-scale-solar-grants-commerce-ri

Commercial Scale Renewable Energy Grants (Commerce RI)

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) seeks to fund commercial scale renewable energy projects generating electricity for onsite- consumption. Commerce RI provides incentives for renewable-energy projects. The program has different incentive levels for directly owned systems and third party owned systems. Incentive amounts are as follows:

Direct OwnershipThird Party OwnedSystem Size
$1.05/W$0.70/WFor the first 0-50kW
$0.90/W$0.55/WFor the 2nd 50kW (up to 100 kW)
$0.75/W$0.40/WFor the 3rd 50 kW (up to 150 kW)
$0.60/W$0.25/WFor the 4th 50 kW (up to 200 kW)
$0.45/W$0.25/WFor the 5th 50 kW (up to 250 kW)
$0.30/W$0.25/WFor all installed capacity over first 250 kW

 

Commercial Scale Incentive is capped at $200,000 per project for directly owned systems and $100,000 per project for third party owned systems.

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5362/commercial-scale-renewable-energy-grants-commerce-ri

Renewable Energy Growth Program

The Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program has a goal to promote installation of grid connected renewable energy within the load zones of electric distribution companies (EDCs) at a reasonable cost. This tariff-based incentive program is designed to finance the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy distributed generation projects. The REG program has target install total of 160 MW of distributed renewable energy during its five-year term.

Renewable Energy Class
(Nameplate KW)
Annual Enrollment
Target (Nameplate MW)
Third Open
Enrollment Target (Nameplate MW)
Ceiling price (including
ITC/PTC & Bonus Depreciation)
(cents/kWh)
Term of Service
(years)
Medium-Scale Solar,
(26-250 kW DC)
3021.1520
Commercial-Scale Solar,
(251-999 kW DC)
8.2444.26918.2520
Large-Scale Solar,
(1,000-5,000 kW DC)
18.2940.22413.6520
Community Remote DG Commercial Solar (251-999 kW DC)32.320.9920
Community Remote DG Large Solar (1,000-5,000 kW DC)3315.720

 

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5523/renewable-energy-growth-program

Agricultural Energy Program

The Agricultural Energy program provides grants to agricultural businesses in the state to improve their energy efficiency and promote adoption of renewable energy technologies. The business must have produced at least $2,500 in annual income from farming operations. The program provides grants up to $20,000 to help with direct cost associated implementing the project.

https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/21861/agricultural-energy-program

 

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