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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels in Rhode Island

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Rhode Island home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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The last time Rhode Island updated its renewable energy laws, Barack Obama was President. Lack of a solar carve out and low income programs, and missing consensus on how to proceed with renewable energy policy over the next decade are problems to deal with, but the renewable Energy Growth Program's handsome performance payments make Rhode Island's solar payback one of the fastest in the nation and keep the state high in our rankings.

Of course we'd like to see some new, modern laws the set a 100% clean energy standard and modernize the state's solar incentive programs, but even without those backstops, your solar investment in Rhode Island is a smart one!

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Rhode Island solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Rhode Island, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Rhode Island. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Rhode Island.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

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Your Solar Strategy in Rhode Island

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Rhode Island can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Rhode Island

solar investment returns in Rhode Island

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan or lease. One thing it's important to note is: solar makes you a lot of money in Rhode Island. Yes, we said "makes!" You see, Rhode Island is bascially the perfect solar state, and not because of how much sun it gets.

There are two huge factors working in solar's favor in Rhode Island: the state's Small-Scale Solar grant program and the Renewable Energy Growth Program. Combined, they mean you'll save thousands up front on a new solar system and sell the electricity it produces for thousands more. Solar is cheaper than ever, so the Rhode Island incentives combined with the Federal 30% tax credit for solar means a solar panel system pays itself back quickly and makes you lots of money over its 25-year warrantied life!

Now let's discuss that chart above. We've examined three scenarios for going solar in Rhode Island, including a solar lease, buying solar with a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or buying solar with cash. As you can see, the cash purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but look a little closer. Taking a HELOC and paying for the system over time (the orange bars) means you'll spend thousands of dollars less over time, while reaping a big financial benefit in year 1.

That's because you take a loan for the system, but you still get all the benefits of paying up front. In Rhode Island, that means a 30% federal tax credit and big annual energy savings. With those incentives, you'll actually come out way ahead after the first year. And even though you'll be making loan payments for 15 years, the cost will be offset by the money paid for your solar electricity under the RE-Growth program.

Finally, take a look at the blue bars. They represent a solar Power-Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is also called third-party ownership. With a PPA, the solar installation company puts panels on your roof at no cost to you, and you make monthly payments that save you about $31 per month from what you had been paying the utility company for their dirty energy. PPAs in Rhode Island are awesome, because the state's high electricity prices mean you start saving money right away. Your savings will start small but finish big, because the lease cost will rise by less than the electric company's annual rate hikes. Third-party ownership is an excellent option even if you have equity or cash to put down, because it can save you tons of money!

Read more below about each of three very good options for solar in Rhode Island.

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the "biggest" financial returns. The reason we put "biggest" in quotes here is because it's technically true—with lower equipment costs and that big Federal tax credit, solar costs less than ever before, and a solar installation pays itself off in 4 years. But if you're interested in solar as an investment, taking a loan to pay for the system is a better option.

With a loan, you can make monthly payments instead of putting $17,000 down on a solar system, which means you save money on electricity as you pay down the cost of your panels. If you have equity in your home or can get a large loan with an interest rate of 5% or less, a loan is the option to go with. It's like being able to start a business that is sure to succeed, just by having a roof. Read about loans below.

If you've got cash and you prefer to pay up front, you'll have to plunk down $20,000, but tax breaks and energy savings will erase a bunch of that after just 1 year. Over 25 years, your system will have produced almost $38,000 in income, after your system cost is paid back. The reason this works is that solar offsets your electricity costs—enough to save you $2,200 in year 1—and it just goes up from there. As the electric company raises rates, you save more and more, and more...

Here’s how the numbers work for a 5-kW rooftop solar system in Rhode Island:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $16,650. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it. Then...
  • You'll get a huge tax break! Uncle Sam will give you 30% of the cost of your system back as an income tax credit, which in this case means $4,995 you won't be paying the Feds this year.
  • On top of that, Rhode Island's RE-Growth program will pay you double the retail rate for every kWh of electricity your panels generate this year! That's a little over $2,200 that you'll save in electricity costs this year, and it brings the net cost of your system to $9,452 after year 1.

  • With these huge savings, your system will pay itself off after just 4 years, and you'll see a profit for the next 25 years or more. You'll end up with just under $38,000 in totaly profit from your investment in solar. Wow.
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too—97 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Rhode Island. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

You don't need $20,000 sitting around to pay for solar. As long as you have equity in your home, you can still own solar panels and reap all the benefits. Heck, even if you do have the cash, getting a loan to pay for solar is by far the best option when it comes to percentage return on investment.

That’s because, in Rhode Island, using a loan to pay for solar is like investing in a business that's sure to succeed, and also earns you a tax break!. You'll come out thousands ahead this year, and you'll see a spectacular profit over the 25-year life of your system. The reason this works so well is that you're paying over time, but reaping all the benefits now. Your yearly energy savings will offset the entire cost of the loan payments, too, which might sound like it's too good to be true... so let's take a look at the numbers.

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can get a home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $16,650, with a fixed rate of 5% or lower and a 15-year repayment period. Don't be put off if you're offered a higher rate. It just means a tiny bit less of the thousands of dollars you'll make with solar.
  • You love making money without much risk.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Rhode Island homeowner who makes a solar purchase with a HELOC:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $16,500. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The loan payments on that will be $1,478 this year, but the payments for your electricity under the RE-Growth program will be about $2,203, meaning you save $725 with solar this year, and...
  • You'll get a huge tax break! Uncle Sam will give you 30% of the cost of your system back as an income tax credit, which in this case means $4,995 you won't be paying the Feds this year.
  • Getting that tax credit means you'll come out $5,720 ahead after year 1, and it's smooth sailing from then on out. Your energy income will continue to offset your loan payments
  • After you've paid off your loan in 2031, you'll see yearly savings of about $1,400. After 25 years, your total profit will be $32,226! Jaw-droppingly awesome for a $0-down investment.
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too—97 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Rhode Island. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Leasing is a great way to go solar if you haven't got stacks of cash or oodles of equity in your home. With a lease, it's possible to get solar panels for $0 down and see big savings over 20 years!

As for leases in Rhode Island: the electricity costs here are very high—we're actually almost 50% more than the national average—and the sun shines bright enough here to make solar power really profitable! That means a lease saves you money starting on day 1. For now, the power you purchase under a PPA should cost around $745 per year, but the same amount of electricity would have cost $1,112 if you bought it from the utility company. That's $367 you get to keep in your pocket this year, just for saying yes to solar!

And those savings will only get larger over time. As the utility company raises rates, your lease costs will go up by a smaller amount, meaning you'll see greater annual savings. Over 20 years, our estimate shows a total savings of $10,588. And the best part is the panels will be owned and maintained by the installation company, so all you have to do is brag to the Joneses down the street about your green habits!

Here's a little more about how a Rhode Island solar lease works:

Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Rhode Island. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar PPA, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

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Rhode Island Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island's Renewable Portfolio Standard

38.5% by 2035

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Rhode Island's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels.

Rhode Island has a very good RPS law that requires utilities to generate 38.5% of their retail electricity sales from renewable resources by the end of 2035. Utilities are currently required to generate 10% of electricity from renewable resources. That requirement will increase 1.5% per year from through 2035.

Last year, we recommended that Rhode Island update the state’s RPS. They did! The old goal had an end date of 2019, so an additional 16 years and 19.5% was very welcome. Maybe this year we can have a 100% goal... and a puppy?

Rhode Island’s RPS is critical to strong renewable energy policy. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also don’t naturally want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities are aiding your transition to lower electric bills and offering you incentives to put solar on your roof is because the state forces them to. If the utilities don't hit their RPS numbers, they have to pay large fees back to the state.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Rhode Island's Solar carve-out and SRECs


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Rhode Island's Solar Carve-out grade

As mentioned above, Rhode Island’s RPS lacks a solar carve out, or specified targets for solar production. If the RPS contained specific carve-outs for clean and efficient technologies like solar panels, or mandates for the environmentally necessary increases in distributed generation, you’d see even stronger incentives for residential solar power.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Rhode Island Electricity Prices


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Rhode Island's Electricity cost grade

Rhode Island homeowners pay an average of 19 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. That’s well above the national average of 13 cents/kWh. We know you hate paying that extra-high electric bill, but where you’re currently seeing larger bills, you could be seeing even bigger savings! Higher electricity prices means greater opportunity to save money by producing your own clean, earth-friendly solar power.

Find out why electricity prices matter

Rhode Island Net Metering


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Rhode Island's Net Metering grade

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Rhode Island has a strong net metering program that ensures you get credit for your surplus energy production -- up to 125% of your monthly consumption. Surplus will be credited to the customer at the utilities avoided-cost rate, and may be either carried forward to the next bill or purchased by the utility, at the utilities discretion.

For 2016 and onward, the legislature doubled the net metering limit to 10 Megawatts of total generation capacity, and also added net metering for 3rd-party-owned systems. Nice job!

That’s a pretty solid law overall, but there are definitely some easy tweaks the legislature could implement to make net metering even stronger. For one, municipal and cooperative electric companies are currently exempt from the statewide net metering standards. The law should be expanded to cover all utilities. And of course, we’d like to see the option for bill rollovers or cash payments moved from the utility to you, so you can decide how the savings help you most.

Learn more about net metering

Rhode Island Interconnection Rules

Statewide, with caveats

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Rhode Island's Interconnection Standards grade

Rhode Island’s interconnection standards are unfortunately not up to the standard set by our net metering law. The legislature did step up in June 2011 to standardize procedures across Rhode Island, but the procedures put into place are needlessly complicated.

An applicant for interconnection must submit an application to the utility for an impact study, including a request for an estimate of the cost of interconnecting the proposed system. An optional feasibility study may also be requested prior to an impact study. The feasibility study offers a shorter mandatory response time – 30 days from receipt of the completed application as opposed to 90 days for the impact study. But, as you’ve probably already realized, the faster response time will only helps those for whom interconnection is not feasible. If you are a good candidate for interconnection you will still have to wait for an impact study to be conducted.

While these studies may cost you time, they thankfully will not cost you money. There are no fees for either a feasibility or impact study for residential systems under 25 kW. However, the issue of the redundant external disconnect switch remains unaddressed by the current interconnection standards -- we’d like to see dealt with to keep your costs as low as possible.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Rhode Island measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Rhode Island Solar Power Rebates


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Rhode Island's Solar Rebates grade

On top of the state's excellent Renewable Energy Growth Program, there is also a grant program for small solar systems. Each year, the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund issues several rounds of grants.

For 2017, the grant amount is up to $1.05 per watt of installed solar, or $.70/watt for 3rd-party owned systems. That puts this grant program among the best in the nation. Way to go, Rhode Island!

Learn more about solar rebates

Rhode Island Solar Tax Credits


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Rhode Island's Solar Tax Credits grade

There are no tax credits for solar in Rhode Island, but don't fret. Some of you may remember the personal tax credit that used to be available for residential solar power systems. That tax credit was allowed to expire without extension, but the state has elected to subsidize solar power with a feed-in-tariff (fixed, long-term contract to buy your power). It's not how all states do it, but it looks like it's gonna work out just fine.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption

Same as standard

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Rhode Island's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

Thankfully there are tax exemptions for solar power here. When you install a solar power system, your home goes up in value by quite a bit (we’ll get to how much in just a minute). No one should ever be penalized for converting to renewable energy, a sentiment with which the Rhode Island legislature agrees. That’s why they passed a property tax law ensuring that your solar power system will never be assessed at any higher value than the equivalent standard, non-renewable energy production system. That means all that increase in value you get from a solar power system over a conventional system stays with you and not with the state tax collectors.

Sales Tax Exemption


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Rhode Island's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Those shiny new solar panels are also 100% exempt from all sales and use taxes when you purchase and install them.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs


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Rhode Island's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Rhode Island solar power rebates and incentives

Solar policy has been strong in Rhode Island for some time now, with robust incentives that can lead to great financial returns for you home solar investment. How much you can save depends on a number of factors—especially your roof and ability to claim the tax credit.

Luckily, though, as a Rhode Island resident, you live in a state that will back up your desire to do right by your pocketbook and the planet with some solid solar policymaking. If you’re ready to see how much you can save with solar in Rhode Island, compare quotes for home solar now.

22 thoughts on “2020 Rhode Island Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits

  1. Avatar for Aaron Aaron says:

    as of 2019 the REF and REG cannot be combined. You can only choose one, either get the $/W installed, or $/kWh for 20 years. Not both.


    Your download bar produced only the first chapter. The interesting info appears to be in later chapters. How can I get them?

  3. Avatar for John John says:

    RI has a new program called RI-RE-growth: Beginning June 15, 2015, Applicants may enroll via an interconnection application. The interconnection process is supposed to be simplified, although it still looks complicated to me. Depending on the term, project size, and other factors, National Grid will pay from 29.8¢ to 41.35¢ per kilowatt-hour for solar generation in a PerformanceBased Incentive (PBI). One problem I still have with most incentive programs is the restriction that homeowners should not produce more electricity than they use. What is confusing to me is how can NG pay the producer/consumer/customer 37c/kwh when your net production will likely be less than zero?

  4. Avatar for CA CA says:

    At the top of the page it says RI allows for solar leasing. At the bottom of the page, it says RI doesn’t.

    1. Avatar for Ben Zientara Ben Zientara says:

      Good catch, CA! Rhode Island changed in 2015. We’ll have the updated page ready in September.

  5. Avatar for Edgar Goulet Edgar Goulet says:

    In 2005 I signed up for those incentives that were to pay 4.50 a watt back to the home owner with a 6000 watt limit for homes. I was 14th on that list when I ordered a 6080 watt system which would have pad me only for the 6000 which was 27,000 dollars I would have gotten back. I had to have a system ordered to get lock in so I took out a 40,000 dollar loan and ordered that System from solartron technology based in California. I was in the process of in staling it myself when I was third on that list and received a letter stating that they had run out of money. Even though every home owner was still paying 0.3 percent to the RI energy fund, so how could they have run out of money as it was still being paid and collected? Then the letter also stated that, if they receive more money that I would received only 3.00dollars a watt instead of the 4.50 that was state before I got suckered into this bait and switch deal which ruined my initial plans so the system I have never got installed for the lack of a 9,000 dollar difference . So I got stuck with a loan and th interest and have a 40 panel of 170 mitsubishi panels with two 2500 watt zantrex inverters with all the rail to hold the panels to the roof. I no longer have that home as one glitch started another and for the last three years I’ve lived in a tent on land that I preserved. I use six panels to get me by as I couldn’t get even a temporary power box as I needed full plan and paperwork that wasn’t possible at that time. I could have sold back 5 or more times the electric power back to the power company but they just wanted to store it while I would have maintained it for them for free plus the construction of a roof to install them on. They wanted to pay almost nothing if they did buy it like 2 cents a watt while charging about 9 or 10 a watt to you the customer. Everything is rigged to screw the little guy who pays and does the work while they do nothing and give you all these delivery charges, with is ridiculous as delivery has always came though the lines not like a truck had to be sent out and fill you house transformer. They Never had all those extra charges when Narragansett owned it but I guess those Brits figured that extra would pay off the mortgage faster and they could shut you off. Plus their still pissed off about the tea party during the revolution not the tea party that you though Huh. Everything in RI. That makes any king of money is fixed and everyone who runs this State is in on it so no one will investigate themselves. Look at the land fill money 75million, Providence, missing money, 38 studio and those tax incentives.Even the FBI or the US attorney doesn’t even want to take their head out of the sand because they would see as witnesses to corruption and their all part of it and so is the State Police. It nothing but an ethnic gang that was said to having gotten rid of but instead it’s just a partnership and everyone know it but are afraid to lose their second and third homes in Florida. Wait till they get Judge after they all pass as there is no Union up there And don’t accept the American MPC which is what we printed in Vietnam so we could screw them.

  6. Avatar for Jacquie Jacquie says:

    I am a newbie here but appreciate your input and comments greatly. Contemplating a move from MA to RI and constructing home with solar but may wait a few years or stay in MA. Come on RI let’s get on board and reward the efforts of homeowner that should live as GREEN as possible>

  7. Avatar for Deep Sea Driller Deep Sea Driller says:

    To Paddymcc, it was Transocean and BP that had the blowout in the US Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit will be in New Orleans Federal Court starting Feb 2012..there’s nearly $40-60 billion at stake to be paid to plaintiffs and fines to the US govt. Ok, where’s my soapbox…
    RI is a joke regarding green power. It’s all a dog and pony show regarding the new tarrif laws passed last month..they only benifit large commercial projects, once again “the corporations rule”. (what would you expect from a republican governor?) We put 4.6 kW Pv array on a new garage I built specifically to mount my panels (roof angle at 41deg and bearing around 190deg magnetic) Feb 2011(total cost of garage $36K, solar install was $16,300 TOTAL cost. I did the wiring up with a buddy. It works awesome we produce about 150Kw/month over what the house requires. (we are very conservative with energy CFL’s, use a clothes line when possible etc.) so we get a check from Nat’l Grid. BUT it’s at a reduced rate. woudl prefer that Nat’l Grid just add up teh extra kW so we heat siuppliment with electric but that is a joke too, they wipe out whatever you have accumulated in kW credits every January! So they make out like bandits ..literally.
    Another big problem for solar Pv in RI..The town (Little Compton) also increased my property value by $144,000 after I did this install! I applied for a review of this estimate and they went down to $90K..still absoutely insane propety appreciation. The garage and solar system combined cost just over $52K! Also, RI state law declares that towns may not add the cost of the solar Pv to property value. So now I’m fighting city hall. (“Vison” the company that estimates property value for Little Compton are in my sights for a lawsuit if this does not get resolved) Rhode Island is a beautiful place; it’s just our politicians that are “bought” and don’t represent the people trying to make a difference.
    Go solar and join the fight…keeps life interesting! PS,our system blasts power during the winter, cold winter temps increase conductivity of the panels.

    1. Avatar for the party doesn the party doesn't matter says:

      There are the same problems now and the republican governor is gone guess it wasn’t him. The same people are in Rhode Island house and senate they might be the real problem. Who care about what party they all suck. RI will never change unless we get rid of all the fat.

      So you have had you system for a while now are you still getting the same output.

  8. Avatar for Anthony Anthony says:

    I’ve looked into Solar for my house, but the lack of tax credits here makes the install costs prohibitive. According to the this site, Rhode Island ranks the same as California. I’d say that’s way, way off the mark. I wonder if there are community groups that can get together to “buy in bulk” for whole neighborhoods, thus dramatically cutting costs. I heard about a neighborhood association on the West Side doing something like this?

  9. Avatar for Michael Johnson Michael Johnson says:

    RI lost its 25% tax credit in 2011. The good rating should be dropped to Poor at this piont.

  10. Avatar for Paddymcc Paddymcc says:

    I have looked at installing both water & PV panels. Comments above are correct and there is no incentive to become independent of non-renewable sources of energy.

    We should be like California, their net metering pays those sending power to the grid the same amount that the utility charges their consumers. Think it over, as it presently stands, the utility makes money from homeowners who install Solar panels, they have no overhead, no new plants to produce energy, no maintenance and no labor force. Put on top of this that net metering to the grid has close to zero loss vs utilities present loss of over 25% of the power they generate via transmission line loss.
    I have not moved on my plans for two reasons;
    1 – Solar panels are produced by Germany or China – how come our Federal Stimulus didn’t put us in a position to produce cost effective panels?
    2 – As noted above, why should I in essence build power plant that my utility company will profit from?
    The USA needs to make some forward thinking efforts to thumb our noses on oil and gas. With the horrific oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, we should have fined Exxon the street value of the estimated barrels of oil leaked. These funds should have been placed in a fund, strictly for a national government move to solar. Every homeowner should have received, a basic solar system,with a minimum of 2 panels but designed and built to expand to cover 75% of the homeowners power consumption. The basic 2 panel, design, permits, equipment and labor all provided at no cost to the homeowner, paid from the Exxon fines.

    Imagine how much energy could be saved with even 50% of our homes with 2 solar panels?

    Lets set the record straight, if the US is to stop slipping in technology, we need to lead – and quickly, least we see our talent move not our of state, but out of the country.

  11. Avatar for Michael Johnson Michael Johnson says:

    2011 and still nothing from the state as far as solar rebates. 25% tax credit and 30% fed is what you get. Don’t think you add this up and get 55% off. You do not.
    On the bright side prices have dropped 3-fold on solar vacuum tubes for hot water since I made my first post here!!! You can get a 30 tube collector for under $1300-. I’ll be doing this WITHOUT the help of the pathetic state government energy program. Too bad if I lived in Mass I could just about get the entire thing for free!!

  12. Avatar for Doug Doug says:

    Rhode Island is giving away some of that stimulus money to non-utility scale (residential) renewable energy projects right now.Find the application on the office of energys’ web site.

  13. Avatar for Devin Devin says:

    Anyone know any good sources for more info on Rhode Island state solar incentives? I’ve been looking through the state’s website, but would like more detail and an outside opinion…

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      Hi, Devin,

      We’re behind updating our info, I know. We’re trying to get to every state as soon as we can, but incentives keep changing. Best thing to do is to fill out our form to get a free local quote. You can only lose a little bit of time since it’s free, and worse come to worse, you’ll gain a whole lot of information that you can use for the future about your own power usage and solar potential. We hope to get to updating Rhode Island in early 2010.

  14. Avatar for chris chris says:

    The latest RI scam is the 250 million dollars in federal stimuls money. Where is that money going?
    Home owners should look a hot water solar and eliminate 30% of their energy usage, then look at PV.

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      Chris, not sure where the stimulus money is, but you’re right that energy efficiency would be helpful and we recommend it be done together. In our example, this system reduce electric costs by 50%, but with energy efficiency measures such as using CFL bulbs and increasing insulation or replacing old refrigerators with energy star models, that same system might take care of 75% or more! Thanks for commenting.

  15. Avatar for Jerry Greene Jerry Greene says:

    I live in Rhode Island and would love to have solar power. Finding helpful info is impossible!

  16. Avatar for joyce lilly joyce lilly says:

    There was incentive money in 2005 because we received some, but it was from the end of the program. We have the panels and our utility bills are essentially zero. The Feds should incentivize installation, the systems work with no problems.

  17. Avatar for Joe Boisvert Joe Boisvert says:

    Michael Johnson is correct, RI is absolutely NOT solar friendly. There is no rebate and nothing from National Grid. And , like everything else here, getting any info from the state on solar energy is like pulling hen’s teeth.

  18. Avatar for michael johnson michael johnson says:

    RI is not solar friendly and this site needs to update its information. There is NO rebate. National grid does NOTHING for PV installs. They only supply net metering because the government made them. The wind energy that the state is supporting is just smoke and mirrors. Look where the money is going. None of it is going to produce 1 watt of green power.

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