Programs & Incentives

Rhode Island offers many energy programs and incentives for residential customers, businesses, and municipalities. Learn more about available funding and financing options to support energy improvements in your home, business, or community.

Additional information on Rhode Island programs and incentives can be accessed at DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

Clean Energy Grant Incentive Program

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) is pleased to announce the availability of $1,500,000 in financial incentives to support the adoption of clean, renewable solar energy projects by State Agencies and Public Colleges & Universities. Such projects offer the potential to generate long term energy savings, reduce energy price volatility, shrink carbon footprints, and support the local clean energy economy.

Efficient Buildings Fund (EBF)

The Efficient Buildings Fund (EBF) provides low cost financing for state and municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Rhode Island.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs for Farms

There are several programs to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy systems specific for farms.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps income eligible families pay their heating bills.

LED Streetlight Incentives

Conversion to more energy efficient LED fixtures throughout our public roadways is one method for state agencies and municipalities to capture substantial long-term energy consumption and cost savings.

National Grid Energy Efficiency Programs

National Grid offers many energy efficiency rebates, incentives, and services to help Rhode Island residents, businesses, and institutions manage their energy usage. These programs are funded by an energy efficiency charge on all customers’ gas and electric bills, in accordance with Rhode Island law.

National Grid Electric Transportation and Charging Programs

As part of the Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation Initiative, National Grid has launched new programs aimed at electrifying the transportation sector. 

Net Metering

Net metering allows customers with eligible renewable energy systems to receive bill credits for all power generated up to 125 percent of the on-site consumption during a billing period. Public entities (municipal, state, quasi-state) are allowed to enter into virtual net metering arrangements with renewable energy developers for up to 10 MW per project site.

Non-Wires Solutions for Municipal Utilities

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources created a program to help support the adoption of clean energy-based non-wires solutions for Municipal-Centric Utilities in Rhode Island – Pascoag Utility District and Block Island Utility District. These funds are being made available through the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a financing program that allows commercial property owners to repay the costs of energy efficiency or renewable energy projects in conjunction with their property tax payments.

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy

Rhode Island provides property tax exemptions for residential and manufacturing renewable energy systems.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first mandatory, market-based cap and trade program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). As a participating state, Rhode Island receives CO2 allowance proceeds, which are invested in a variety of consumer benefit programs, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct energy bill assistance and other greenhouse gas reduction programs.

Renewable Energy Fund (REF)

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) provides grants and loan opportunities for eligible renewable energy technologies. The REF provides funding for the following program areas: small-scale solar, commercial renewable energy development, early stage commercialization, and predevelopment feasibility studies.

Renewable Energy Growth Program

The Renewable Energy Growth Program (REG Program) will support the development of 160 MW of distributed generation projects in Rhode Island between 2015 and 2019. Eligible technologies include wind, solar, hydropower, and anaerobic digestion.

Sales Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy

Rhode Island provides sales tax exemptions for eligible renewable energy materials.

Solarize Rhode Island

Solarize Rhode Island is a program designed to encourage the adoption of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings to homeowners and businesses as more people go solar.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps income eligible households reduce heating bills by providing whole house energy efficiency services to households that already quality for HEAP