RI Rebounds | Energy Efficiency Program

RI Rebounds Energy Efficiency Program

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The RI Rebounds Energy Efficiency Program is a statewide effort to assist small businesses reduce their energy costs by implementing measures that improve energy efficiency. This initiative will support small businesses recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including rising energy costs experienced in 2020-2021.  

This program will reimburse up to $10,000 for energy efficiency measures implemented as the result of an energy efficiency audit.

The application window for this program has closed. To be placed on a waitlist, please fill out this form with your contact information.

* Rhode Island Commerce hosted a virtual information session for the Energy Efficiency Program on March 26, 2024, link here.

Program Eligibility Requirements
  • Have less than $2 million in annual gross revenues
  • Been in operation as of October 1, 2021 or earlier
  • Not be disbarred in the federal System of Account Management (SAM)
  • Be a Rhode Island business or nonprofit
  • Demonstrate a negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have received less than $30,000 in the aggregate from the RI Rebounds programs

Eligible Projects or Purchases will include:

  • LED lighting upgrades and controls
  • Cooler/refrigeration controls
  • Programmable WiFi thermostats
  • Air sealing and building insulation
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Water saving devices
  • Boiler and hot water controls
  • Roof top unit controls
  • Pumps and efficient motors
  • Custom equipment and controls
  • Electric panel upgrades
  • Removal knob-and-tube wiring
  • Improvements to ventilation:
    • Purchasing and installing a higher-grade filter within an existing air handling unit
    • Central HVAC installation, repair, or balancing
    • HVAC UVGI system installation
    • Adding a portable fan filter unit (PFFU)
    • HRV system installation, repair, or balancing
    • Adding an indoor air purifier
Program Funding Caps
  • Small businesses are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in reimbursement from the RI Rebounds Energy Efficiency Program.
  • Eligible small businesses are capped in the amount of funds they can receive from all RI Rebounds programs. Small businesses may only receive $10,000 in each of the following RI Rebounds programs and no more than $30,000 in the aggregate: Energy Efficiency, Ventilation, Take It Outside, Technical Assistance programs, and Small Business Direct Grants (maximum Direct Grants award was $5,800).
Energy Assessment/Audit Providers (no cost; no obligation)

*Only energy assessments/audits conducted by a Rhode Island registered and licensed professional will be accepted for the RI Rebounds Energy Efficiency program.

Clean Heat RI

    Clean Heat RI is a heat pump program offering incentives for the installation of high efficiency heat pumps for households, small to mid-sized businesses, and non-profits. Visit the Clean Heat website to learn more about the program and apply for incentives.