Rhode Island Announces New Program to Lower Costs of Solar Power

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), and non-profit marketing firm SmartPower recently announced the launch of Solarize Rhode Island, a municipal-based program aimed at providing opportunities for installation of rooftop solar energy at lower costs.

The program will be piloted over the next nine months in three municipalities across Rhode Island – North Smithfield, Tiverton, and Little Compton – all of whom voted in favor of participation at Town Council meetings throughout August.

Based on a successful model run in more than 90 cities and towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts installing more than 16 MW of capacity, Solarize is a municipal-based program aimed at reducing the costs of installing rooftop solar energy. Solarize relies on a few key components to reduce solar installation costs, including: a) a competitively-selected installer in each town; b) a tiered pricing system and time-limited offer to incentivize greater participation; and c) community-based marketing.

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Date Posted: 9/17/2014