Commercial Scale Renewable Energy Grants (Commerce RI)

Program Commercial Scale Renewable Energy Grants (Commerce RI)
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Rhode Island
Administrator Commerce RI
Start Date
Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) seeks to fund commercial scale renewable energy projects  generating 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). 


Any legal business entity, municipality, non-profit, and affordable housing are eligible for funding. All projects must be located on Rhode Island and must be used for on-site consumption. Grants are available for electricity-generating renewable-energy systems greater than 10 kilowatts (kW). Eligible technologies include solar, wind, ocean, small hydro, biomass, and fuel cells. Customers participating in the RE Growth Program offered by National Grid are not eligible for the program. 

Program description

The program has different incentive levels for directly owned systems and third party owned systems. Incentive amounts are as follows: 

Direct Ownership
System Size
For the first 0-50kW
For the 2nd 50kW (up to 100 kW)
For the 3rd 50 kW (up to 150 kW)
For the 4th 50 kW (up to 151 kW and up)

Maximum $75,000/project


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