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Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Bring Home the Benefits of Solar and Storage with Sunrun in Rhode Island

-45%

Solar price drop in Rhode Island over the last five years.1

20%

Solar power in Rhode Island is more cost-effective vs. other states.2

80%

Rhode Island’s cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2050.3

Residential electricity rates in Rhode Island are more than 21% higher than the national average,4 but increasing control over electric bills isn’t the only reason why Rhode Islanders are going solar. Creating and storing your own clean energy can also protect your home from unexpected outages and reduce your carbon footprint. On top of that, there are excellent federal and state financial incentives to help you switch to solar for less.

Sunrun is the country’s leading residential solar and energy storage company.5 As one of the best solar installers in Rhode Island, we work so you can gain energy independence and security while ensuring you get the most solar benefits available.

Rhode Island’s Solar Tax Credits, Tax Exemptions, and Funds*

Incentive

Value

Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)**

The 26% federal tax credit is available for purchased home solar systems installed by December 31, 2022.6

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (REF)

The REF offers to fund up to $7,000 for eligible residential, small-scale solar arrays.7

Solar Investment Property Tax Exemption

Property tax exemption on the added home value from the Rhode Island solar installation.8

Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption

7% home solar system state sales tax exemption.8,9

National Grid’s Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program

National Grid customers not eligible for the state’s REF programs may qualify for their REG program to get compensation for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) created by their home solar power system.10,11

Find out if You Qualify for Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Learn the Details of Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Buy and install new solar panels in Rhode Island in 2021, with or without a home battery, and qualify for the 26% federal solar tax credit. The residential ITC drops to 22% in 2023 and ends in 2024.6

Average-sized 5-kilowatt (kW) system cost in Rhode Island: $14,094 Approximate solar panel system cost in Rhode Island after the 26% ITC in 2021: $10,43012

The REF offers to fund up to $7,000 for eligible residential, small-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems.7

Solar projects must be located in Rhode Island. The REF grant programs are for direct-ownership (DO) projects only.7Click here to see the REF’s enrollment dates.

Install a new solar PV system in Rhode Island, and your property taxes won’t go up.8 Installing a system could also help you build home value.

When you purchase a new home solar energy system in Rhode Island, you won’t pay any sales tax.8 The exemption is for 100% of the sales tax on an eligible solar panel installation in Rhode Island and can save you 7% right off the bat.9

National Grid customers not eligible for the state’s REF programs may qualify for compensation for every kWh created by their home solar power system, thanks to the REG program.10

National Grid’s REG program pays from 23.44-29.65¢ per kWh for your solar generation as a Performance-Based Incentive (PBI). The 2020 REG program ends on 03/31/2021 or when its capacity is fulfilled.11

Now’s a Great Time to Get Solar and Storage

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DISCLAIMERS:

*Customer’s ability to monetize rebates, incentives, and tax credits depends on several factors, including, without limitation, continued state subsidization of these policies, the applicable Sunrun product type, and whether a customer purchases or leases a home solar system from Sunrun.

**We recommend contacting a tax professional to most accurately determine the impact of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) on your federal taxes.