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Rhode Island

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Commercial-Scale Renewable-Energy Grants   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/03/2014
Program Overview:
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, CHP/Cogeneration, Small Hydroelectric, Biodiesel
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Nonprofit, Local Government, Low-Income Residential, Institutional
Amount:Varies by system size
Maximum Incentive:$350,000
Installation Requirements:Varies with technology
Funding Source:Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (RIREF), Alternative Compliance Payments (ACPs)
Program Budget:$1 million in 2013
Start Date:1/1/2013
Web Site:
Authority 1:
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NOTE: Block III of the funding cycle for the program ended in October 2, 2014. New round of solicitation for funding will open on December 4th 2014 and will close on January 8, 2015.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) seeks to fund commercial scale renewable energy projects to generate electricity for onsite consumption. Commerce RI provides incentives for renewable-energy projects. Incentive programs are funded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and alternative compliance payments (ACPs) from the state’s renewable portfolios standard (RPS). Currently, the Commerce RI provides grants for small-scale solar projects and direct funding for commercial-scale renewable-energy projects.

Grants are available for electricity-generating renewable-energy systems greater than 10 kilowatts (kW). Systems may be installed on businesses, institutions, non-profits, municipality property and affordable housing projects. Project owners must have conducted an energy audit prior to application submittal. 

Incentive amounts are as follows:

  • $1.15/W For the first 0-50kW
  • $1.00/W For the 2nd 50kW (Up to 100kW)
  • $.85/W For the 3rd 50kW (up to 150kW)
  • $.70/W For the 4th 50kW (up to 200kW)
  • $.55/W For the 5th 50kW (Up to 250kW)
  • $.40/W For all installed capacity over the first 250kW

Commerical Scale Incentive is capped at $350,000 per project.

The application to the Renewable Energy Fund, must demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of energy audit at the project site
  • Signed turnkey contract between the project owner and a renewable energy company (contingent on REF funding)
  • System one-line or three-line electrical drawing
  • A layout drawing of project.
  • Project financial analysis illustrating simple payback calculations, cash flows, and return on investments using assumptions stated in the program guidelines
  • Proof of funds for remainder of project
  • Copy of Manufacturer warranty
  • Copy of workmanship warranty (if not included with turnkey contract)
  • A complete copy of most recent electricity bill (if new construction, please include a request for service from national grid)
  • Complete W-9 Form
  • Manufacturer Equipment specification sheets
  • Outcome of feasibility study (If applicable)
  • An aerial image of the site from Microsoft Virtual Earth, Google Earth, or similar source with the building or site clearly identified

Technology specific information:

For Solar:

  • Shading analysis
  • System output in the form of PV Watts, PV SYS or other
  • One (1) photo of the project location taken from the south looking north toward the building or site

For Wind:

  • FAA filing
  • Proof that project is permissible within jurisdictional authority
  • Detailed system output in kWh forecasted for the project

For Hydro:

  • Detailed system output in kWh forecasted for the project
  • Any other supporting or supplemental information that the Applicant deems relevant for the corporations review and evaluation of the application


  Hannah Morini
Commerce RI
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 278-9100 Ext.135
Fax: (401) 273-8270
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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