Why Solar Energy in Rhode Island?
Achieve both monetary and environmental benefits by going green
Rhode Island Solar FAQ
Rhode Island’s solar power resources are slightly below average compared to southern states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. However, the total solar energy potential in Rhode Island is more than enough to cover all of the power needs for the entire state. There are plenty or rooftops and land available to install solar panels onto, especially in residential areas outside of Providence, like Cranston, Pawtucket, and Warwick. Rhode Island’s State Energy Plan predicts that if the state continues to move in a positive direction, by 2035 it could be producing 1,800 MW of solar energy (Up from only 37 MW in 2016).
According to seia.org, there were around 5,135 solar panels installed throughout the state of Rhode Island as of Q3 2019. That means around 38,281 homes are powered by solar energy in the state. That’s only about 2.44% of Rhode Island’s total energy output, meaning there is plenty of room for growth in the coming years. And with solar panels and installation prices falling over 36% during the past 5 years, there is no better time to consider solar energy for your home.
Percentage of Rhode Island’s Electricity from Solar: 2.44%
This may seem like a low number but it’s still quite a bit of overall energy for the state. As of 2019, Rhode Island was ranked 30th for Solar Power in the Nation (down from 23rd in 2018). Projected growth of producing 276 MW of solar energy over the next 5 years puts Rhode Island in 41st place as most other states have higher projections.
Rhode Island gets a moderate amount of sunlight (aka solar energy) each year. Even on cloudy days, your solar panels will be generating electricity. However, you need to have rooftop surface area or land available that receives adequate sunlight for solar panels to make the most sense.
Check to see if you qualify for solar. Our experts can walk you through the process and educate you on everything involved in going green with solar power!
Homeowners in Rhode Island that qualify for solar can get panels installed for little or not cost. Since the price of solar panels has come down in recent years, banks are readily providing financing options that can match what you pay for your monthly electricity bill. This way, your electric bill almost completely goes away and you simply pay that amount towards your solar panels. And with State and Federal tax credits, you can actually get money back from the government as a result of going solar. Click here to see if you qualify for solar.