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Commercial Scale Renewable Energy Grants

dCHPP Glossary (PDF) (2 pp, 53K)

Date Last Updated2/11/2014
Incentive TypeGrant
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeCommerce RI
Incentive Initiation Date1/1/2013
Incentive Size and Funding SourceCommerce RI provides incentives for renewable energy projects. The program is funded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund and alternative compliance payments from the state's Renewable Energy Standard. Commerce RI provides direct funding for commercial scale renewable energy projects, including CHP systems that use an eligible fuel source as defined by Rhode Island General Law 39-26-5. Grants will provide 20% of project funding, up to $350,000 per individual project.

Commerce RI will award grants based on the rated DC capacity of a renewable energy project. Incentive levels for this solicitation are as follows:
  • $1.25/W for the first 50 kW.
  • $1.10/W for the 2nd 50 kW (up to 100 kW).
  • $0.95/W for the 3rd 50 kW (up to 150 kW).
  • $0.80/W for the 4th 50 kW (up to 200 kW).
  • $0.65/W for the 5th 50 kW (up to 250 kW).
  • $0.50/W for all installed capacity over the first 250 kW.
Eligible RecipientBusinesses, institutions, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and multi-unit residential properties are eligible.
Eligible FuelBiogas; Woody Biomass; Landfill Gas; Other
Eligible Project Size (MW)Greater than 0.01 MW.
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaProject owners must conduct an energy audit prior to submitting an application.
Application Form(s)Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund Application Materials (PDF) (20 pp, 386K)
Other Incentive DetailsThere are three established deadlines to submit applications: March 7, 2014, May 9, 2014, and August 8, 2014. A fourth solicitation opens on December 1, 2014 and its application due date will be announced later this year.
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