Solar Guidance and Model Ordinance Development

PLEASE NOTE: The public meeting schedule for solar guidance information & model ordinance development has changed. Before attending any meeting, please verify the date, time and location by checking the “Updated Solar Model Ordinance Timeline” PDF below. The date for the Charlestown meeting was recently changed to July 23.

The Office of Energy Resources (OER) and Division of Statewide Planning (Planning) will be developing a Solar Guidance Information & Model Ordinance this summer/fall for municipalities to have access to. The public is welcome to attend any meetings scheduled and provide public comments. Please find attached the timeline for the Solar Guidance Information & Model Ordinance development. All associated OER meetings will be filed under Open Meetings process with the RI Secretary of State. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kearns at

Additional Resources

Solar Model Ordinance and Public Meetings Scheduled - Updated on September 24, 2018

Public Draft #1 - Solar Model Ordinance Templates - September 13th

Solar Siting Information - Public Draft #2

Solar Siting Guidance & Information Public Draft #1 - June 2018

Solar Siting Public Meetings - Summary Notes June - August 2018

Solar Information & Model Ordinance - 2nd Public Meeting Minutes

Solar Information & Model Ordinance - 2nd Public Meeting - Sign-in Sheet

1st Public Meeting Agenda

2nd Public Meeting Agenda

Requesting Public Comments on Model Solar Ordinance Development

Rhode Island Principles for Renewable Energy Siting