Renewable Energy Fund | REF Grants, Programs & Materials

RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND

About REF

CommerceRI’s Renewable Energy Fund (REF) exists to help expand the role of renewable energy throughout Rhode Island, so the state and its citizens can reap the full benefits of cost-effective renewable energy from diverse sources.

REF provides grants for renewable energy projects that have the potential to produce electricity in a cleaner, more sustainable manner, while stimulating job growth in the green technology and energy sectors. Using funds from the “system benefit charge” on electric bills and alternative compliance payments received from retail electricity providers, CommerceRI funds renewable energy projects in Small Scale solar, Commercial Scale, and Community Renewables.

Funding Level Information
Small-Scale and Commercial- Scale Grant Rounds   Enrollment Date Incentive Information (Rounds 22-2 and 22-3) Remaining Funds

22-2

 

 

22-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Scale: 7/18/22, 9am: CLOSED

Commercial Scale: 7/25/22, 9am CLOSED

 

Small Scale: 10/17/22, 9am

Commercial Scale: 10/24/22, 9am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Scale PV: $.65/watt, max $5,000 per individual project

Commercial Scale PV: Max Grant: $75,000/project; $150,000/installer/round

 

1st 50kW $.70/watt
2nd 50kW $.40/watt
3rd 50kW $.30/watt
4th 50kW $.20/watt

Small Scale Energy Storage Adder: $2,000/system

Commercial Scale Energy Storage Adder: $.50/watt; $40,000 cap. Incentive is calculated using the max. continuous power rating of the energy storage component.

Commercial Carport Adder: $.55/watt, Max $200,000

System Size Carport Adder + Base Incentive
1st 50kW $1.25/watt
2nd 50kW $.95/watt
3rd 50kW $.85/watt
4th 50kW $.75/watt
5th 50kW $.75/watt

The Small Scale PV Grant Program has reached its funding cap for Round 22-2. The next open enrollment will be 10/17 @ 9am.

The Commercial Scale PV Grant has reached its funding cap for Round 22-2. The next open enrollment will be 10/24 @9am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workforce Development- Clean Energy Internship program

Enrollment for Fall Session – Student and Employer application deadline: 8/12/22

$150,000 $150,000
Community Renewables – CLOSED for program Evaluation $568,800 CLOSED for evaluation.
Brownfields Solar PV Program – Enrollment opened May 19, 2022 $1M Remaining funds: $270.000. Applications accepted on a rolling basis
– Rounds will close on the due date or if available funds have been reached.
– Unused funds will go to pending applications or general funds. Subject to REF administrator’s decision.
– Subject to change.
– Subject to availability of funds.

REF Programs

Commercial Scale Projects

Commercial Scale Funding Program Approximate Time Table
All dates are approximate and subject to change.

Rounds
Enrollment Date Application Close Date
22-2 July 25, 2022 CLOSED
22-3 October 24, 2022 (Starting at 9:00am) November 7, 2022

– Blocks will close on the application closing date or if available funds have been reached.

Commercial Scale- Application Documents

Self-Inspection Forms: Completed projects will be required to submit Completion documents including the following Self-Inspection form (choose the form that fits your project):

NEW! Energy Storage Adder- Application Documents

Note: Hard copies are no longer a requirement but holds as an option. Please submit your applications (all sections) via email to REF@commerceri.com

Small Scale Projects

Small Scale Funding Program Approximate Time Table
All dates are approximate and subject to change.

Rounds
Enrollment Date Application Close Date
22-2 July 18, 2022, 9am CLOSED
22-3 October 17, 2022, 9am October 31, 2022

– Blocks will close on the application close date or if available funds have been reached.

Block Application Documents
Request for Projects
(Please review this document for application instructions)
Funding Flyer
Direct Ownership Projects Application
Project Checklist- Excel Template
Consumer Disclosure Form

NEW! Energy Storage Adder- Application Documents

Note: Hard copies are no longer a requirement but holds as an option. Please submit your applications (all sections) via email to REF@commerceri.com

Small-Scale Self-Inspection Forms: Self Inspection forms should be submitted with project completion forms:

Small Scale Self-Inspection PV Template:https://commerceri.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Commerce-RI_REF-PV-Self-Inspection-Report-4.18.22_Template.docx

Small Scale Self-Inspection PV + ESS Template:https://commerceri.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Commerce-RI_REF-PVESS-Self-Inspection-Report_4.18.22Template.docx

Community Renewables

 

 

Enrollment Date Funding Budget Remaining Funds
(as of 12/31/21)
CLOSED $600,000 $509,300.00

 

Applications are not being taken while the program is under evalution.

 

 

Clean Energy Internship Program - Spring 2023

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and the RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) seeks to match clean energy companies with RI undergraduate and graduate interns for the Spring 2023.

Rhode Island’s clean energy industry has seen significant employment growth with an impressive 74% increase since 2014. Over 16,021 green jobs ranging from direct construction, engineering, research, policy, professional services, energy efficiency and more! The RI Clean Energy Internship Program is designed to help provide internship opportunities in these careers. Students will be able to professionally develop under the mentorship of an industry partner to combat real world problems in energy and the environment.

  • Please submit your questions via email to Abby Hasenfus: abigail.hasenfus@energy.ri.gov

 

Learn how to apply by choosing the options below:

  1. Are you a student interested in becoming a Clean Energy Intern for the spring of 2023?
    • Please apply through the Clean Energy Internship Portal: https://refinternships.commerceri.com/login/
    • Deadline: December 16th, 2022
    • Marketing Flier
  2. Do you have a Clean Energy company and are looking for interns for the spring of 2023?

For Frequently Asked Questions: Please click HERE

Clean Energy Internship Program At-A-Glance Infographic

Brownfields Solar PV Program

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (RI Commerce) and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) seeks to fund solar PV on Brownfield locations. All projects must be in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Renewable Energy Fund Development Program.

Applications will be accepted as a first come, first served process on a rolling-basis until funding is exhausted.

Enrollment Date Funding Budget Remaining Funds
(as of 1/20/22)
May 19, 2021 $1,000,000 $266,720.00

 

Note: Hard copies are not requirement but holds as an option. Please submit your applications (all sections) via email to REF@commerceri.com.

Request for Projects Documenticon-pdf

Brownfield Solar Applicationicon-pdf

Frequently Asked Questionsicon-pdf

 

NEW! Energy Storage Adder- Application Documents

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