Community Solar


WHAT IS COMMUNITY SOLAR?

A community solar project is a large solar farm shared by more than one household. Its primary purpose is to allow members of a community the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power even if they cannot install solar panels on their roof or property. Program participants benefit from the electricity generated by the community solar farm, which costs less than the price they would ordinarily pay for electricity.

Through community solar programs, renters, homeowners, municipalities, and non-profits can participate in clean energy projects and save money on their monthly electricity bill.

Rhode Island is working to make clean and affordable energy available to all our residents. Today, we have a variety of ways to provide access to solar energy to everyone.

  • In 2019, for the first time, Rhode Island will have community solar projects available for a limited number of customers to enroll.
  • Everyone can benefit from solar energy.
  • New state initiatives and programs now make it possible for renters to benefit from solar energy too.
  • Save money on your monthly electric bill and contribute to cleaner air in Rhode Island!
  • Visit our Marketplace website this July for listings of community solar projects, to learn about savings and to choose the option that is best for you. Please check back here for the link.

 

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES PROGRAM

One available incentive program is the Community Renewables Program at the Renewable Energy Fund at Commerce Rhode Island. This first come, first serve program is available to community solar developers who will pass on the grants to subscribers in the form of a bill credit on their community solar bill.

Recipient National Grid Rate Code Flat Rebate Grant Amount
Low-to-Moderate-Income (LMI): A-60 $500/subscriber
Basic Residential: A-16 $300/subscriber


For more information please visit the Renewable Energy Fund webpage

Have Questions about Community Solar ? Email us at: energy.resources@energy.ri.gov