Small Scale Solar Grants (Commerce RI)

Program Small Scale Solar Grants (Commerce RI)
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Rhode Island
Administrator Commerce RI
Start Date
Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors Residential

Note: Program application for 2022 closed

Commerce Rhode Island provides financial grants for small scale solar photovoltaic systems and domestic solar water heating systems to help reduce energy costs and increase renewable energy adoption. The program is funded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and alternative compliance payments (ACPs) from the state’s renewable portfolios standard (RPS). The application for grants are solicited on a "Block" basis  with specific application deadlines. 


All residential, business, affordable housing, non-profits, state facilities, and municipalities located in Rhode Island are eligible to apply for the grant. Systems that are directly owned (DO) and systems that are owned by Third Party (TPO) are both eligible. Customers participating in RE Growth Program offered by National Grid are not eligible to participate in the program. 

Grants are available for solar photovoltaic systems up to 7.69 kilowatts (kW) (anything above will receive the max) in capacity and domestic solar water-heating systems. Project owners must have conducted an energy audit prior to application submittal.  

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