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 (Rounds) Commercial Scale (Rounds) Enrollment Date Funding Budget Remaining Funds
(as of 9/30/20)
24 23 March 2, 2020
(Starting at 9:00am)

Small Scale: $600,000

Commercial Scale: $250,000
Carport Adder: $800,000

Small Scale: CLOSED

Commercial Scale: CLOSED
Carport Adder: CLOSED

25 24 July 13, 2020
(Starting at 9:00am)

Small Scale: $600,000

Commercial Scale: $250,000
Carport Adder: (TBD rollover from previous round)

Small Scale: CLOSED

Commercial Scale: CLOSED
Carport Adder: CLOSED

26 25 September 28, 2020
(Starting at 9:00am)

Small Scale: $550,000

Commercial Scale: $250,000
Carport Adder: $781,000
Energy Storage Adder $375K

Small Scale: CLOSED

Small Scale Energy Storage Adder: $200K

Commercial Scale: CLOSED

Commercial Energy Storage Adder: $175K

Carport: $734,000

27 28 November 16, 2020
(Starting at 9am)

Small Scale: $300,000

Commercial Scale: $200,000
Carport Adder: (TBD rollover from previous round)
Energy Storage Adder $375K

Small Scale: $300,000

Small Scale Energy Storage Adder: $200K

Commercial Scale: $200,000

Commercial Energy Storage Adder: $175K

Carport: Rollover

Workforce Development- Clean Energy Internship program CLOSED Students & Companies: March 20, 2020 CLOSED
Community Renewables Rolling Basis Closes when cap is reached $600,000
Brownfields Solar PV Program CLOSED Closes when cap is reached CLOSED
– 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
(Blocks)
Enrollment Date Application Due Date
24 July 13, 2020  (Starting at 9:00am)  CLOSED
25 September 28, 2020 (Starting at 9:00am) CLOSED
26  November 16, 2020 (Starting at 9:00am)  December 14, 2020

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

Commercial Scale- Application Documents

 

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
(Blocks)
Enrollment Date Application Due Date
25 July 13, 2020  (Starting at 9:00am)  CLOSED
26 September 28, 2020  (Starting at 9:00am)  CLOSED
27 November 16, 2020  (Starting at 9:00am)  December 14, 2020

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

Block Application Documents
Request for Projects
(Please review this document for application instructions)
Funding Flier
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

Community Renewables

The REF seeks to fund Community Renewable projects.

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

Enrollment Date Funding Budget Remaining Funds
(as of 2/1/19)
Open- Rolling Basis $600,000 $600,000

 

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 icon-pdf

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Clean Energy Internship Program- Spring 2021

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 of 2021.

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.

 

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 2021?
  2. Do you have a Clean Energy company and are looking for interns for the spring of 2021?

For Frequently Asked Questions: Please click HERE

 

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 7/14/20)
May 5, 2020 (Starting at 9am)- Closes when cap is reached $1,000,000 CLOSED

 

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 Document

Application

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