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Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program Welcome to the Rhode Island Renewable Energy (RE) Growth Program!

The RE Growth Program was formed pursuant to Chapter 26.6 of Title 39 of the Rhode Island General Laws under the recently enacted Clean Energy Jobs Program Act. Available to eligible renewable distributed generation (DG) projects, the RE Growth Program enables customers to sell their generation output under long-term tariffs at fixed prices.

Small-Scale Solar Projects
Beginning June 15, 2015, Applicants may enroll via an interconnection application. You may apply for the Program by clicking on the Interconnection Process Webpage link in the Submission of Bids section below. Click here for a summary of the RE Growth Program as it relates to Small-Scale Solar Projects.

Solar (Greater than 25 kilowatts), Wind, Hydroelectric, and Anaerobic Digester Projects
Applications must be submitted during the two-week Open Enrollment. Applicants are required to apply for the Program using the web application link in the Submission of Bids section below. Click here for a summary of the RE Growth Program as it relates to Solar (Greater than 25 kilowatts), Wind, Hydroelectric, and Anaerobic Digester Projects.

Please see the RE Growth Program Tariffs and Solicitation and Enrollment Process Rules below for Program guidance covering the Small-Scale Solar and all other Technology Classes.

Small-Scale Solar Projects: Approved Annual MW Target and
Standard Performance-Based Incentives Applicable to Current Enrollment Year
Renewable Energy Class
(Nameplate kW)
Annual
Enrollment
Target
(Nameplate MW)
Ceiling Price/Standard PBI
(cents/kWh)
[20-yr Tariff Terms except *]
Small-Scale Solar – Host
Owned
(1-10 kW DC)
3.0 41.35
(*15-yr Tariff)
Small-Scale Solar – Host
Owned
(1-10 kW DC)
37.75
(*20-yr Tariff)
Small-Scale Solar – 3rd
Party Owner
(1-10 kW DC)
32.95
Small-Scale Solar
(11-25 kW DC)
29.80

As of January 1, 2016, Small-Scale Solar projects totaling 804 kW DC of nameplate capacity have been awarded a Certificate of Eligibility in the RE Growth Program. Therefore, 2,196 kW of the 3,000 kW 2015 annual enrollment target remain available.


Solar (Greater than 25kW), Wind, Hydro and Anaerobic Digester Projects: Approved Renewable Energy Classes, Annual Enrollment Targets, Standard Performance-Based Incentives and Ceiling Prices Applicable to Current Enrollment Period
Renewable Energy
Class
(Nameplate kW)
Enrollment
Target
(Nameplate kW)
Standard PBI applicable to
Medium-Scale Solar only

(cents/kWh)
Ceiling Price
w/ITC
(cents/kWh)
Ceiling Price
w/ PTC
(cents/kWh
Ceiling Price
w/o
ITC/PTC
(cents/kWh)
Term
of
Service
(years)
Medium-Scale Solar
(26-250kW DC)

3,472

24.40

24.40

N/A

N/A

20
Commercial-Scale Solar
(251-999 kW DC)

3,680

N/A

20.95

N/A

N/A

20
Large-Scale Solar
(1,000-5,000 kW DC)

0

N/A

16.70

N/A

N/A

20
Wind
(1,500-5,000 kW)
1,500-2,999 kW
3,000-5,000 kW

500


N/A
N/A


18.40
18.20


19.85
19.45


22.75
22.35


20
20
Anaerobic Digestion
(up to 1,000 kW)
150-1,000kW

1,500

N/A

N/A

20.20

20.60

20
Small-Scale Hydropower
(up to 1,000 kW)
10-250 kW
251-1,000 kW


N/A
N/A


N/A
N/A


19.80
18.55


21.35
20.10


20
20

As indicated above, there is a 0 kW (nameplate) Enrollment Target for the Large-Scale Solar Renewable Energy Class and the 500 kW (nameplate) Enrollment Target for the Wind Renewable Energy Class is less than the minimum project size (1,500 kW). However, applications for projects in either of these Renewable Energy Classes may be submitted in the October Open Enrollment and be selected if other Renewable Energy Classes are under-represented.
RE Growth Program Tariffs and Solicitation and Enrollment Process Rules
For Residential Customers and Small-Scale Solar Projects: Tariff and Program Solicitation and Enrollment Process Rules

For Non-Residential Customers and Solar (>25kW), Wind, Hydro and Anaerobic Digester Projects: Tariff and Program Solicitation and Enrollment Process Rules

Upcoming Enrollments for Solar (Greater than 25kW), Wind, Hydro
and Anaerobic Digester Projects

The 2016 RE Growth Program is pending approval from the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. As such, the dates of the next Open Enrollment have not yet been determined. You may review the filing here.

National Grid's Policies Regarding Taxation and the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program
Submission of Bids
Small­-Scale Solar Continuous Open Enrollment

Beginning June 15, 2015, applications for Small-Scale Solar Projects may be submitted by completing an interconnection application and other required forms located on the Interconnection Process Webpage.


Solar (>25kW), Wind, Hydro and Anaerobic Digester Projects Open Enrollment

Event Enrollment Dates
Enrollment Begins October 19, 2015 - 9am Eastern Prevailing Time
Enrollment Closes October 30, 2015 - 5pm Eastern Prevailing Time

In accordance with Section 3.2 of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program Solicitation and Enrollment Process Rules, applications for such projects must be submitted electronically using the web application. If you submit an application but wish to make changes, you will need to re-submit a new application via the online web portal during an open enrollment period. If multiple applications are submitted for the same project, the application submission with the latest timestamp will be evaluated by National Grid for the current open enrollment. All prior application submissions for that project will not be evaluated.

So you can better anticipate the web application requirements, click here for an illustrative representation of the web application and click here for a Live Meeting demonstration recording of the web application from July 28, 2015.


Prior to utilizing the web application to submit your bid, please refer to and complete the checklist items below that will be needed in order to fill out and submit your application online (note that PDF files of these checklist items must be uploaded into the web application):


  • A valid (signed by applicant and National Grid) Interconnection Service Agreement or Impact Study for Renewable DG (ISRDG). Save this as "Attachment 1 - RI#######" (your RI Interconnection Unique ID #).
  • Existing hydro generation project material financial investment documentation, if applicable. Save this file as "Attachment 2 - RI#######" (your RI Interconnection Unique ID #).
  • Project Segmentation and Tax Credit Eligibility Affidavit. Save this file as "Attachment 3 - RI#######" (your RI Interconnection Unique ID #).
Open Enrollment Results
2015 First Open Enrollment Results

2015 Second Open Enrollment Results (Commercial-Scale Solar and Wind I projects pending PUC approval)

Frequently Asked Questions
Related Links

Official Contact Email

renewablecontracts@nationalgrid.com
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