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 Rounds   Enrollment Date Funding Budget Remaining Funds
21-3 October 18, 2021 (Starting at 9am)

Small Scale: $1,010,000

Commercial Scale: $300,000

Commercial Carport Adder: $507,336.00

Small Scale and Commercial Scale Energy Storage Adder: $1,224,500

Small Scale: $1,010,000

Commercial Scale: $300,000

Commercial Carport Adder: $507,336.00

Small Scale and Commercial Scale Energy Storage Adder: $1,224,500

Workforce Development- Clean Energy Internship program

Enrollment for Fall Session – Student and Company applications open from May 24, 2021 –  August 13, 2021

$150,000 $150,000
Community Renewables – Rolling Basis $568,800 Closes when cap is reached
Brownfields Solar PV Program – Enrollment opens May 19, 2021 $1M $500,000
– 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 Due Date
21-3 October 18, 2021 (Starting at 9:00am) Closes when funding cap is reached
     

– 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
Enrollment Date Application Due Date
21-3 October 18, 2021  (Starting at 9:00am) Closes when funding cap is reached

– 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 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

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 8/19/21)
Open- Rolling Basis $600,000 $539,300.00

 

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 icon-pdf

Application icon-pdf

Clean Energy Internship Program - Fall 2022

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 2022.

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 2022?
    • Please apply through the Clean Energy Internship Portal
    • Deadline: December 10, 2021
    • Marketing Flier
  2. Do you have a Clean Energy company and are looking for interns for the spring of 2022?

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 9/28/21)
May 19, 2021 $1,000,000 $500,000

 

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 Documenticon-pdf

Brownfield Solar Applicationicon-pdf

Frequently Asked Questionsicon-pdf

 

NEW! Energy Storage Adder- Application Documents

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