The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) recently launched the Rhode Island Solar Marketplace, an online source where state residents can learn more about community solar and its perks. In a time when local governments are pushing for an increase in renewable energy, the OER aims to ensure consumers are well-informed regarding the benefits of community solar both for themselves and Rhode Island.
State Energy Commissioner Nicholas S. Ucci stressed the need to reach Rhode Islanders with information on decarbonizing the future. Ucci confirmed that the Community Solar Marketplace will provide residents with a go-to source for understanding the importance of renewable energy and how they can partake in it, even if they are unable to install solar panels.
For a more intuitive experience, the Rhode Island Community Solar Marketplace website is broken down into sections. Each of these sections covers a different aspect of community solar, such as how it works and the many various projects in Rhode Island. The marketplace will also provide access to subscription information to active projects, such as the Broncos Highway Solar. Known for being the first community solar project in the state, Broncos Highway Solar has been live since September 2019 and touts more than 700 subscribers.
Customers will be able to read through details about individual projects and programs like the net metering pilot program of Rhode Island Community Remote. This 2016 program aims to reduce the cost of solar and provide the benefits of community solar.
To bring the marketplace website online, the United States Department of Energy awarded money through the Solar Energy Technologies Office to the Clean Energy States Alliances (CESA) that Rhode Island is part of. Five additional states will also benefit from the award and are looking at their own strategies for bringing solar to low-to-moderate income residents.
The solar marketplace is currently live at www.risolarmarketplace.com.