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Grants to Rhode Island Contractors for Solar
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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation - Renewable Energy Fund (REF)

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Grants of up to $4,000 and up to $8,000 to Rhode Island contractors, third-party finance companies, and other qualifying professional entities for small-scale renewable energy installation projects. Funding is available for the installation of solar photovoltaic or solar domestic hot water units on buildings within the following sectors: residential, business, affordable housing, nonprofit, state facilities, and municipalities.

Grants are intended to support businesses, homeowners, nonprofits, state facilities, municipalities and eligible affordable housing. Please note that projects must be grouped together and submitted by a solar installer, third party ownership company (TPO), neighborhood association, or other grouping mechanism approved by Commerce RI.

By submitting multiple small solar projects under one application, the contractor will realize economies of scale which can pass savings onto the customer. More projects will get installed at better prices and with streamlined administrative procedures at Commerce RI.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178731

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Estimated Size of Grant:

A Photovoltaic project is eligible for up to $8,000 grant at an incentive of $1.00/W and a Solar Domestic Hot Water project is eligible for up to $4,000 at an incentive of 25% of the total project costs.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within twelve (12) months of contract signing.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant should be a solar contractor, 3rd party finance company, or other professional entity approved by Commerce RI.

Applicant/Installer registered to do business in RI:

Rhode Island law requires anyone who is in the business of commercial construction, home construction, alterations, remodeling, or repair to residents to be registered with the State of Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board:

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Professional License (REP):
-This is a sub-license of an electrical license. A master electrician can do everything under the REP. One of the 2 are sufficient.
-All sub-contractors are under the responsibility of the developer/installer
-This license is required if you plan to advertise or respond to state RFPs for solar installations.
-Please read the description and FAQ section for clarity. You can apply through the link provided:

Master Electrician License:
The Electrical Contractor's License already includes the work allowed by the REP limited license. Only contractors or individuals without an electrical license are required to obtain the REP limited license to perform ancillary non-electrical work on renewable energy systems. Please provide this information in the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Block 13:
-Solicitation Open: January 9, 2017
-Application Due Date: March 24, 2017

Block 14:
-Solicitation Open: April 3, 2017
-Application Due Date: May 16, 2017

Block 15:
-Solicitation Open: August 21, 2017
-Application Due Date: October 20, 2017

Block 16:
-Solicitation Open: February 15, 2018
-Application Due Date: March 30, 2018

Block 17:
-Solicitation Open: August 6, 2018
-Application Due Date: October 19, 2018

More information about the Renewable Energy Fund may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Attn: Annie Ratanasim
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island