Commercial Incentives

 

US SolarWorks has years of experience applying for and managing all the incentives businesses are eligible for.

We make the process easy for you by handling all the details needed for the incentive programs on your behalf, so you can focus on your business.

 

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Federal Tax Credit

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act extended the federal ITC tax credits for solar through 2032. Previously scheduled to decline in 2023 and 2024, the ITC has been extended at 30% of full-price expenditures for solar projects.

In addition, the Inflation Reduction Act includes a 10% adder for solar projects using US manufactured equipment. This brings the total tax credit for projects using US made equipment to 40% of the total project cost.

Now is the perfect time to begin your solar energy project so your business can take advantage of this tax credit.

Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s)

When you install a solar system in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, you will receive Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) credits based on the amount of energy your system produces. RECs are clean energy credits that are equivalent to one megawatt hour of energy generated by renewables. Solar production is monitored and automatically reported to the REC Broker which consolidates this production into megawatt hour packages to be sold. The cash value of the RECs is mailed to you quarterly as a cash dividend for producing clean energy.

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Net Metering

Net metering allows you to earn credits for surplus power generation. Your meter will compare the electricity you generate to the amount you consume. Any excess electricity will flow out into the grid, and credit your utility account. You are only billed for the “net” amount of energy used.

This incentive helps balance the naturally occurring highs and lows of solar production with your energy use. Net metering means your extra solar output during daylight hours can help pay for the energy you use at night.

Rhode Island Solar Rebate Programs

RI offers two great incentive options for solar:

1. The REF cash rebate option is payed upon completion of your solar project.

2. The REG option gives you 20 years of guaranteed revenue for all solar energy produced.

Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Fund (REF) offers an attractive cash rebate based on the size of the system. Commerce RI provides grants to help fund renewable energy projects. The size of the grant is determined by the total contract price, with a maximum award of $75,000 per project. Additional funds are available for the inclusion of solar carports. US SolarWorks handles your rebate application. The customer receives this rebate after construction is complete. If you choose to take advantage of this REF State rebate, you are also eligible for net metering and RECs as well, for more long-term revenue. The REF rebate program and net metering is limited to solar arrays sized up to, but not exceeding, the electricity currently consumed on your site.

Rhode Island REG Feed-In Tariff

Through the Renewable Energy Growth Program option, National Grid provides a 20-year contract for purchasing your electricity at a premium price. If you choose to utilize the REG Program, you are not eligible for the REF rebate option. This REG program can be used for standalone solar projects and does not need to be coupled to the size of an existing electric bill.

This can be a great option to generate revenue if you have a large amount of unused roof or lot space.