State Partners With Private Companies To Boost Installation Of Solar Panels

Jun 9, 2016

A state program designed to make buying and installing solar panels affordable and easy is available for residents and small businesses in Providence through late June.

Karen Stewart, community outreach manager for SmartPower, says Providence is the tenth community in the state to apply for Solarize Rhode Island. Pilot programs kicked off in North Smithfield, Tiverton and Little Compton.

Under this program, solar energy installation prices are fixed and public, “which is unusual,” said Stewart. “That’s not something that you typically see on the open solar market. So each resident knows exactly what they are going to be paying; they know what their neighbors are paying; they know what the discounts are going to be.”

The more people sign up to install solar panels, the more the prices go down. Stewart said the program includes other incentives negotiated by Providence.

The city’s solar installer will host a workshop about the program tonight at Hope High School in Providence at 6:30 p.m. The deadline to sign up is June 26.

Solarize Rhode Island is a partnership among the state Office of Energy Resources, Commerce RI and SmartPower. The program is modeled after two other successful state programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.