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The Spring 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 475 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!

Installer Request for Application

The Installer Request for Application is available for installers interested in applying for the Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island program. The Program Administrators have selected Cranston and Charlestown to participate in the program. Their community outreach plans are posted below. Installer applications to this RFA are due on May 23, 2016 at 4pm. The Application must be in electronic form and submitted to "Solarize 'Community Name' RFA" must appear in the subject line of the email. Please review all documents carefully.

Questions related to the RFA are due to OER by May 15, 2017. OER will then post the FAQ document on this website no later than May 18, 2017. If a document is not posted, no questions were received.


Community Outreach Plans

Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island Timeline

2017 Solarize Rhode Island Schedule Tentative Timeline
RFP for Solar Installers: Released Thursday, April 13, 2017
Announce Selected Communities Thursday, April 13, 2017
Request for Application for Solar Installers Due Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Scores for Installer RFA from Program Administrators/Communities Due Thursday, June 01, 2017
Community-Installer Interview Day Monday, June 05, 2017
Announce Selected Solar PV Installers/Program Launch Event Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Outreach Strategy Development with Installer Early June 2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Begins Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Ends Friday, September 8, 2017


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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