Community Solar

What is Community Solar?

A community solar project is a large solar farm shared by more than one household. Its primary purpose is to allow members of a community the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power even if they cannot install solar panels on their roof or property. Program participants benefit from the electricity generated by the community solar farm, which costs less than the price they would ordinarily pay for electricity.

Through community solar programs, renters, homeowners, municipalities, and non-profits can participate in clean energy projects and save money on their monthly electricity bill.

Community Solar Marketplace

Please visit OER’s Community Solar Marketplace website to learn more about projects currently available for subscribers, community stories about your neighbors who are going solar through community solar, and metrics associated with community solar in Rhode Island. This online resource links potential community solar customers with existing community solar projects and to provide education with our Frequently Asked Questions page.

This website was made possibly by US Department of Energy funding through a State Energy Strategies grant in partnership with the Clean Energy States Alliance. OER has developed the Marketplace to realize greater access to community solar in Rhode Island for all customers.

Rhode Island is working to make clean and affordable energy available to all our residents. Today, we have a variety of ways to provide access to solar energy to everyone.

  • In 2019, for the first time, Rhode Island will have community solar projects available for a limited number of customers to enroll.
  • Everyone can benefit from solar energy.
  • New state initiatives and programs now make it possible for renters to benefit from solar energy too.
  • Save money on your monthly electric bill and contribute to cleaner air in Rhode Island!
  • Visit our Marketplace website this July for listings of community solar projects, to learn about savings and to choose the option that is best for you. Please check back here for the link.

Have Questions about Community Solar? Email us at: energy.resources@energy.ri.gov