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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 Request for Municipal Applications is now available

Has your community considered participating in Solarize Rhode Island program or have constituents reached out to you to participate? OER is excited to offer this third opportunity to have new 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.

Please contact Shauna Beland at shauna.beland@energy.ri.gov or doa.solarizeri@energy.ri.gov for more information or if you have any questions.

Only municipalities that have not yet participated in the Solarize RI program are eligible to apply in the Spring 2017 round.

Spring 2017 Solarize Rhode Island Timeline

Below is the timeline for the Spring round. Please note this timeline is subject to change.

2017 Solarize Rhode Island Schedule Tentative Timeline
RFA for Communities: Released March 1, 2017
OER to post Community RFA FAQ March 10, 2017
RFP for Solar Installers: Released March 20, 2017
RFA for Communities: Due March 27, 2017
Interviews with Communities that submitted proposals April 3, 2017 (anticipated)
Announce Selected Communities April 5, 2017 (anticipated)
RFP for Solar Installers: Due April 17, 2017
Community-Installer Interview Day (see section D below) April 21, 2017
Announce Selected Solar PV Installers April 24, 2017
Outreach Strategy Development with Installer Late April 2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Begins May 1, 2017
Customer Sign-Up Period Ends August 8, 2017
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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