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BlueSel Commercial Solar Rhode Island Incentives

RI Incentives & REF/REG Programs

Rhode Island offers two popular programs. As a business owner, you may select to participate either in the Renewable Energy Fund Program or the Renewable Energy Growth Program. Click to see more about each program.

You may be interested in other incentive and savings related information:

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Fundamentals of Savings

A solar energy investment is the first step to replacing some or all of your current electricity purchases. While replacing the ever increasing utility costs, a solar energy system also provides other financial benefits impacting your bottom line. Click to visit this page for more details.

BlueSel Commercial Solar Massachusetts Incentives

MA Incentives & SMART Program

Massachusetts has been a U.S. leader in adopting solar energy at residential and commercial levels. In an effort to stay up to date with market changes and maintain the economic advantages of solar power, new incentives are set beginning in 2018. Click to visit this page for more details.

Incentives Through REF & REG Programs

In addition to all federal tax credits and incentives, a business or organization in Rhode Island has access to two substantial state programs. The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Programs.

REF Highlights

  1. Administered by RI Commerce Corporation
  1. Grants are offered in blocks, approved on a first come basis
  1. Solar generated energy must be used on site
  1. Projects continue to be eligible for Net Metering once connected
  1. Targets business, non-profit, municipal, affordable housing
  1. Program not available to those enrolled in the REG program

REF Program Details

The Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (REF or RIREF) grants are awarded in blocks by the state. For 2018, there are two enrollment periods — one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter, closing early in the fourth quarter. Also, total grants funding made available for 2018 is significantly higher than what was available in 2017.

Once you decide on solar, BlueSel Commercial Solar will submit the application for you. Upon approval, the grant amount will be discounted from the cost of your install.

2018 Initial Grant Award Levels

The program awards different amounts depending on ownership. Direct ownership (DO) is awarded at a higher level than third party ownership (TPO).

Four Solar System Size Categories

D.O. Award Levels

  • Up to 50 kW $0.85/W

    The first 50 kW of capacity

  • Up to 100 kW $0.40/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

  • Up to 150 kW $0.30/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

  • Above 151 kW $0.20/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

Four Solar System Size Categories

T.P.O. Award Levels

  • Up to 50 kW $0.40/W

    The first 50 kW of capacity

  • Up to 100 kW $0.30/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

  • Up to 150 kW $0.20/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

  • Above 151 kW $0.20/W

    The next 50 kW of capacity

$80,000

This is the maximum award for any one D.O. project.

$40,000

This is the maximum award for any one T.P.O. project.

REG Highlights

  1. Collaboration between the state of RI and utility National Grid
  1. Offers a Performance Based Initiative (PBI) set by production
  1. Offers 3 Tiers of incentives
  1. Includes added incentives when coupled w/energy efficiency work
  1. State’s goal is to add 160 MW of Renewable Energy in 5 years.

REG Program Details

The utility National Grid through cooperation with the Rhode Island Distributed Energy Board has created a program to give additional incentives to commercial solar energy projects. It targets non-residential customers currently on any rate plan other than the residential retail rate.

The larger systems addressed in Tiers 2 and 3 require interested applicants must submit a bid a price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the entire output of the facility, which shall not exceed the ceiling price. Contact us at BlueSel Commercial Solar for more specific information that may apply to your location.

$0.22 / kWh — Tier 1 — Systems Rated From 26 kW to 250 kW

The program awards $0.22 per kilowatt-hour of energy actually produced for systems rated above 26 kW and up to 250 kW.

$0.19 / kWh — Tier 2 — Systems Rated From 251 kW to 999 kW

The program awards $0.19 per kilowatt-hour of energy actually produced for systems rated above 250 kW and up to 999 kW.

$0.15 / kWh — Tier 3 — Systems Rated From 1 MW to 5 MW

The program awards $0.15 per kilowatt-hour of energy actually produced for systems rated at 1 MW and up to 5 MW.

We Support Customers in Many Industries

Where do you fit and how can we help?

BlueSel Commercial Solar hospitality project example

Hospitality

BlueSel Commercial Solar understands the unique energy requirements for lodging and hospitality. Let us show you how solar works for your location whether a year round or a seasonal location.

Industry

Commercial solar is a bankable way for business, large or small, to get control of rising energy costs. Let us show you how to you can turn solar savings into a benefit for your core business.

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Non-Profit

BlueSel addresses the distinctive financial needs of non-profit organizations. Variable budgets require precise and efficient designs, and specific financing. Let us show you how to save with solar.

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More About BlueSel Solar

BlueSel Commercial Solar, Inc. is a locally owned solar energy system installation company with offices in Woburn and Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is co-owned by Wally Cole of Arlington, MA and Michael Tanghe of Hyannis, MA. Mike and Wally are also co-founders of BlueSel Home Solar Inc. Together, these two companies have installed over 550 solar installations with over 5.5 megawatts of solar energy system capacity.

BlueSel Solar was the first SunPower® Master Dealer in Massachusetts. The SunPower Master Dealer program is a “by invitation only”. Out of the 1,200 SunPower dealers around the world, only 21 have been invited to become Master Dealers. SunPower awards the title of Master for outstanding customer service and providing first-class installations.

Our construction process begins with a pre-construction planning meeting led by our EPC project manager and involving your on-site project representative and any other subcontractors who will manage on-site work. This meeting educates everyone on the installation and the construction steps in the process. In our experience, this team is able to develop the best plan to efficiently receive and locate materials and work in the construction site with the lowest impact to your business operations. It also establishes the personal connections to quickly solve problems and make optimal decision during the construction process.

For all of our work, we provide a 5 year workmanship warranty and act as your one-stop contact for the equipment warranties for your installed system. Our construction phase completes with documentation and training on the operation of the system, the maintenance schedule, and contact information for issue resolution. We also offer monitoring services that can identify system performance issues and keep your system running at optimal productive capacity.

Our project manager can acquire all the equipment and materials to implement the design and would work with you to fully manage the logistics of delivering and storing them onsite to minimize any disruption to your normal business operations.

Another important aspect of procurement is our proven ability to manage all the required permits for construction as well as all the required paperwork and interactions with the local utility for grid-connection authorization and PTO (permission to operate). We can also manage the application forms and processes for any incentive programs and credits the system is eligible for. Simply put – our system design includes everything needed to build your system, meet all requirements AND take advantage of all the incentives and credits you are due.

Our engineering begins with the first conversation to understand your electricity requirements, history and project goals. We survey the site and evaluate the total solar power potential and work with you to review the options for all potential solar installations – including the roofs of existing buildings as well as the possible options for Solar Systems over parking areas and unshaded land that might be used for ground-mount systems.

The cost, financing, payback period, and system lifetime ROI are reviewed for each option and the quality equipment included in our designs is always selected meet your budget and optimize the return on your financial investment.

Our engineering plans are fully certified by our engineering partner company – ARC DESIGN – to meet all structural and electrical requirements and qualify fully for current federal and state incentive programs.

More About BlueSel Solar

BlueSel Commercial Solar, Inc. is a locally owned solar energy system installation company with offices in Woburn and Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is co-owned by Wally Cole of Arlington, MA and Michael Tanghe of Hyannis, MA. Mike and Wally are also co-founders of BlueSel Home Solar Inc. Together, these two companies have installed over 550 solar installations with over 5.5 megawatts of solar energy system capacity.

BlueSel Solar was the first SunPower® Master Dealer in Massachusetts. The SunPower Master Dealer program is a “by invitation only”. Out of the 1,200 SunPower dealers around the world, only 21 have been invited to become Master Dealers. SunPower awards the title of Master for outstanding customer service and providing first-class installations.

More About BlueSel Solar

BlueSel Commercial Solar, Inc. is a locally owned solar energy system installation company with offices in Woburn and Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is co-owned by Wally Cole of Arlington, MA and Michael Tanghe of Hyannis, MA. Mike and Wally are also co-founders of BlueSel Home Solar Inc. Together, these two companies have installed over 550 solar installations with over 5.5 megawatts of solar energy system capacity.

BlueSel Solar was the first SunPower® Master Dealer in Massachusetts. The SunPower Master Dealer program is a “by invitation only”. Out of the 1,200 SunPower dealers around the world, only 21 have been invited to become Master Dealers. SunPower awards the title of Master for outstanding customer service and providing first-class installations.

Our construction process begins with a pre-construction planning meeting led by our EPC project manager and involving your on-site project representative and any other subcontractors who will manage on-site work. This meeting educates everyone on the installation and the construction steps in the process. In our experience, this team is able to develop the best plan to efficiently receive and locate materials and work in the construction site with the lowest impact to your business operations. It also establishes the personal connections to quickly solve problems and make optimal decision during the construction process.

For all of our work, we provide a 5 year workmanship warranty and act as your one-stop contact for the equipment warranties for your installed system. Our construction phase completes with documentation and training on the operation of the system, the maintenance schedule, and contact information for issue resolution. We also offer monitoring services that can identify system performance issues and keep your system running at optimal productive capacity.

Our project manager can acquire all the equipment and materials to implement the design and would work with you to fully manage the logistics of delivering and storing them onsite to minimize any disruption to your normal business operations.

Another important aspect of procurement is our proven ability to manage all the required permits for construction as well as all the required paperwork and interactions with the local utility for grid-connection authorization and PTO (permission to operate). We can also manage the application forms and processes for any incentive programs and credits the system is eligible for. Simply put – our system design includes everything needed to build your system, meet all requirements AND take advantage of all the incentives and credits you are due.

Our engineering begins with the first conversation to understand your electricity requirements, history and project goals. We survey the site and evaluate the total solar power potential and work with you to review the options for all potential solar installations – including the roofs of existing buildings as well as the possible options for Solar Systems over parking areas and unshaded land that might be used for ground-mount systems.

The cost, financing, payback period, and system lifetime ROI are reviewed for each option and the quality equipment included in our designs is always selected meet your budget and optimize the return on your financial investment.

Our engineering plans are fully certified by our engineering partner company – ARC DESIGN – to meet all structural and electrical requirements and qualify fully for current federal and state incentive programs.

More About BlueSel Solar

BlueSel Commercial Solar, Inc. is a locally owned solar energy system installation company with offices in Woburn and Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is co-owned by Wally Cole of Arlington, MA and Michael Tanghe of Hyannis, MA. Mike and Wally are also co-founders of BlueSel Home Solar Inc. Together, these two companies have installed over 550 solar installations with over 5.5 megawatts of solar energy system capacity.

BlueSel Solar was the first SunPower® Master Dealer in Massachusetts. The SunPower Master Dealer program is a “by invitation only”. Out of the 1,200 SunPower dealers around the world, only 21 have been invited to become Master Dealers. SunPower awards the title of Master for outstanding customer service and providing first-class installations.