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The Fall 2017 round of Solarize Rhode Island is now underway! Solarize Rhode Island seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners sign contracts.

Now in its fourth year, Solarize Rhode Island, a partnership between the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), Commerce RI. More than 490 residents and business owners have signed contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems with the program. Hundreds more have been educated about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies.

Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island Program

Congratulations for the communities of Cranston and Charlestown that have been selected as the new Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island municipalities!

Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island Timeline

2017 Solarize Rhode Island Schedule Timeline
Customer Sign-Up Period Ends Friday, October 6, 2017


Fall 2017 Solarize Rhode Island

Community Request for Application for the Fall 2017 Solarize RI Program

Has your community considered participating in Solarize Rhode Island program or have constituents reached out to you to participate? OER is looking for interested communities for the Fall Round of Solarize Rhode Island. OER is excited to offer the fourth installment of this opportunity to have new and past communities apply for the Solarize RI program! Below you will find the application materials. Key components of the application for 2017 include identification of a core team volunteer, known as a "solar ambassador" or group of volunteers for help with the grassroots component of the program.

If you are interested or if you have questions about participating in the Fall 2017 round of Solarize Rhode Island, please contact Shauna Beland via email at or

Installer Request for Application for the Fall 2017 Solarize RI Program

The Installer Request for Application is now available. Please make sure the read all of the instructions included in the RFA. Questions related to this RFA are due by October 2, 2017. If any questions are received, the answers will be posted on the OER Solarize RI website by October 4th. Responses to this RFA are due by October 13th by 4pm to the Office of Energy Resources to the email address. Responses should include "Solarize 'Selected Community' RFA" in the subject line. Applications must have a timestamp of 4pm in order to be considered so please submit applications well in advance of the deadline.

*Municipalities that have participated in previous rounds of Solarize RI are invited to participate again.

2017 Solarize Rhode Island Schedule Tentative Timeline
RFA for Communities: Released 8/24/2017
OER to post Community RFA FAQ 9/5/2017
RFP for Solar Installers: Released 9/13/2017
RFA for Communities: Due 9/25/2017
Interviews with Communities that submitted proposals 9/27/2017 (anticipated)
Announce Selected Communities 9/29/2017 (anticipated)
RFP for Solar Installers: Due 10/13/2017
Community RFA scores: Due 10/23/2107
Community-Installer Interview Day 10/24/2017
Announce Selected Solar PV Installers 10/25/2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Begins 10/25/2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Ends 3/3/2018
Deadline for Installations 1 year after project approval


Past Program Metrics

Municipality Total Contracts Contracted Capacity (KW)
North Smithfield 84 623.7
Tiverton 28 183.66
Little Compton 27 204.34
Foster 9 58.96
Barrington 30 200.82
South Kingstown 52 354.98
Middletown 41 264.11
Portsmouth 69 528.34
Newport 49 331.52
Providence 32 191.6
Warren 39 287.13
Bristol 19 142.06
Round Total 479 3371.22


To learn more about lessons learned and experiences from the Solarize North Smithfield program in 2014, please click here.

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