Rhode Island Solar Incentives and Programs

We may be the smallest state, but we're big on solar.

Find out how much you can save with the solar incentives and programs in our home state, Rhode Island.

$1,240

Average Annual Savings

See immediate savings and watch them continue to stack up year after year.

40%

Lower Monthly Payment

Trade the unpredictable RI Energy bill for a lower, price-protected solar payment.

$0

Upfront Cost of Solar

With the incentives available in Rhode Island, the switch to solar is easy.

Rhodies Save

Rhode Island is taking the lead towards a sustainable future, powered by the sun. We’ve always been ahead with our environmental programs, so it’s no surprise that RI has some of the best solar incentives and rebates available. 

Let’s shine a light on the biggest solar savings in the country, right here in the ocean state.

 

Aerial view of Providence Rhode Island with text overlaying showing Rhode Island Electric rates - 3rd Highest in US, 30% More than Avg, 50% increase in 2022

How Solar Power Compares to Rhode Island Energy Rates

Rhode Island Energy rates are increasing faster than the number of Newport tourists in the summertime. We may be the smallest state, but we pay big bucks for electricity – a whopping 30% more than the national average. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, 2022 hit us with a 50% electric rate hike.

But don’t sweat it, Rhode Island – solar power is here to save the day and help you take control of your energy costs.

Rhode Island
Solar Incentives and Rebates

The ocean state has some of the best solar incentives and state-funded programs around.

30% Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

You can claim a tax credit for 30% of the total cost of your solar system. While this can be claimed by the homeowner when the solar panels are purchased, this credit has also reduced the cost of leasing solar panels, making the switch to solar more affordable today than ever. 

In order to claim the full tax credit for ownership, you need to have enough tax liability.  If you don’t have tax liability, other options like leasing or or power purchase agreements may be better options. 

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Rhode Island homeowners are exempt from paying any additional property taxes on the added home value from their Rhode Island solar panel system.

Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption

Rhode Islanders are exempt from paying the normal 7% state sales tax on their solar panel system.

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund

Some Rhode Island residents may qualify for up to $7,000 in state grant funds designated for green energy programs.

Rhode Island Net Energy Metering

Rhode Islanders earn a utility credit for any energy that they overproduce. This credit can then be used to power your home at night and on cloudy days. This allows you to power your entire home without relying on solar batteries.

How to Claim the RI Solar Energy Incentives

We take care of everything aside from filing your taxes for you next year. While you should certainly consult a tax professional, we always make sure our customers are taking full advantage of any federal and state solar incentives. This includes providing alternative options such as leasing or power purchase agreements in the event that you don’t qualify for the incentives.

Rhodies Save

Rhode Island is taking the lead towards a sustainable future, powered by the sun. We’ve always been ahead with our environmental programs, so it’s no surprise that RI has some of the best solar incentives and rebates available. Let’s shine a light on the biggest solar savings in the country, right here in the ocean state.

How Solar Power Compares to Rhode Island Energy Rates

Rhode Island energy rates are increasing faster than the number of Newport tourists in the summertime. We may be the smallest state, but we pay big bucks for electricity – a whopping 30% more than the national average. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, 2022 hit us with a 50% electric rate hike.

But don’t sweat it, Rhode Island – solar power is here to save the day and help you take control of your energy costs.

Aerial view of Providence Rhode Island with text overlaying showing Rhode Island Electric rates - 3rd Highest in US, 30% More than Avg, 50% increase in 2022

Rhode Island Solar Incentives and Rebates

The ocean state has some of the best solar incentives and state-funded programs around.

1.

30% Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

You can claim a tax credit for 30% of the total cost of your solar system. While this can be claimed by the homeowner when the solar panels are purchased, this credit has also reduced the cost of leasing solar panels, making the switch to solar more affordable today than ever. In order to claim the full tax credit for ownership, you need to have enough tax liability.  If you don’t have tax liability, other options like leasing or or power purchase agreements may be better options. 

2.

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Rhode Island homeowners are exempt from paying any additional property taxes on the added home value from their Rhode Island solar panel system.

3.

Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption

Rhode Island Homeowners are exempt from paying the normal 7% state sales tax on their solar panel system.

4.

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund

Some Rhode Island residents may qualify for up to $7,000 in state grant funds designated for green energy programs.

5.

Rhode Island Net Energy Metering

Rhode Islanders earn a utility credit for any energy that they overproduce. This credit can then be used to power your home at night and on cloudy days. This allows you to power your entire home without relying on solar batteries.

How to Claim the RI Solar Energy Incentives

We take care of everything aside from filing your taxes for you next year. While you should certainly consult a tax professional, we always make sure our customers are taking full advantage of any federal and state solar incentives. This includes providing alternative options such as leasing or power purchase agreements in the event that you don’t qualify for the incentives.

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Evergreen has been a fantastic partner here with my solar project. From the initial sales cycle to the implementation, they were accommodating and communicative. Also, their pricing was fair and practical. Couldn't be happier with the end result. Loved working with them and strongly recommend them for anyone interested in going solar in the new england region.
Daniel Britman
Daniel Britman
2023-10-04
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Working with Evergreen Solar was a fantastic experience. I think we had a more complicated project than most with a leaking roof, rotted and missing trim, electrical service upgrade… there was a list of issues that needed to be addressed. Dimitri assured us it would get done and Jordyn and team made it all happen. It was a great experience and I highly recommend them.
Sarah Piekos
Sarah Piekos
2023-10-03
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Excellent communication and support throughout the process.
Elizabeth Klisiewicz
Elizabeth Klisiewicz
2023-09-30
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Evergreen Solar was a great experience for my family as we have high electric bills and needed a new roof. With inflation we have cut our cost down in our new home and Evergreen has made this process effortless. We couldn't be happier with them and our overall experience. Thank you!
Britni Nozzolillo
Britni Nozzolillo
2023-09-26
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Buying solar is hard and my neighbors had mixed experience about getting it. Salesperson Matt really made entire process very easy for me. He promised to keep me updated during the whole thing which made me feel like I chose a very good quality company. I purchase a roof and solar package and everything came out beautiful. I even sent a coworker to contact Matt which says alot about my experience.
J C
J C
2023-09-24
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The whole process was seamless from beginning to end. Any questions we had were quickly answered. The installation was done professionally and amazingly fast. The permitting process went smoothly. The system is up and running. So far we have been very pleased.
Stephen Vandergrift
Stephen Vandergrift
2023-09-22
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Bruce Haley
Bruce Haley
2023-09-15
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Overall experience so far is amazing. EVeryone from my project manager, roofing team, solar panel installers, electrician, and so many more in the background made this such an easy experience. My project manager Jordyn was able to coordinate around my special needs and make sure I was in the loop of any and all scheduling conflicts as they happened. When the teams arrived within days of each other they started and finished their part in a single day, never leaving my house in any unsafe condition to weather. City inspectors came for after inspections and they had a rep on site to walk him through everything, so i was able to just be a fly on the wall and listen and not answer anything.
Steven Hall
Steven Hall
2023-09-15
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I would have to say that I had talked to many Solar companies about putting solar on my house and the trust was not there (one company told me me I could put solar on my existing 30 year old roof). I reached out to Evergreen and Rich Plante came out and talked to me and after meeting with him I trusted what he was saying and agreed to have Solar put on my house. He was upfront about the whole project and answered all our questions as the project was going on. I have to say I’m happy we chose them over all the other solar companies out there. They nice part is we received a free roof in the deal.Thanks Rich
mtower44
mtower44
2023-09-14
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High marks for professionalism, customer service, quality of work. 3rd party roofers did a great job, very thorough on fixing blemishes and putting water barrier under siding as well as roof. Panels are symmetrical with roof and don't show any conduit sticking out. Permit process and dealing with National Grid took from March to running on August 28th. So far so good.
Scott Bush
Scott Bush
2023-09-12
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Can you get free solar panels in Rhode Island?

While you can’t technically get “free” solar panels anywhere, they are “free” in the sense that you can expect to pay less for solar than you already do for electricity — and it costs nothing to make the switch.

So you’re swapping out an unpredictable and constantly increasing electric bill for a price protected solar payment that is usually about 40% lower. While it isn’t exactly “free”, it’s about as close as it gets.

Can you get free solar panels in Rhode Island?

While you can’t technically get “free” solar panels anywhere, they are “free” in the sense that you can expect to pay less for solar than you already do for electricity — and it costs nothing to make the switch.

So you’re swapping out an unpredictable and constantly increasing electric bill for a price protected solar payment that is usually about 40% lower. While it isn’t exactly “free”, it’s about as close as it gets.

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and Get Your Roof
“On the House”

Solar makes so much sense in Rhode Island that you can actually get a full roof replacement when you switch to solar and still pay less than traditional electricity. 

With our Roof + Solar Bundle, we handle everything under your solar project, saving you time and money.

5 Star Badge that reads "Rhode Island's #1 Roof & Solar Company"

Bundle Roof + Solar
and Get Your Roof
"On the House"

Solar makes so much sense in Rhode Island that you can actually get a full roof replacement when you switch to solar and still pay less than traditional electricity. With our Roof + Solar Bundle, We handle everything under your solar project, saving you time and money.

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