Foster residents urged to consider Solarize R.I.

Foster residents urged to consider Solarize R.I.

The adoption of solar energy is on the rise in Rhode Island. In June 2015, we announced the increase in solar opportunities following the success of Solarize Rhode Island. At that time, Gov. Raimondo said that she wanted to see community solar campaigns continue to grow across our state. Today, we have added seven new communities, including Foster, Barrington, Warwick, South Kingston and the communities on Aquidneck Island, Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, for a total of 10 Solarize communities in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, in partnership with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, and SmartPower, continues to work diligently with municipal leadership, stakeholders, businesses, and homeowners to encourage the adoption of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic systems. The Solarize R.I. program entails a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure to provide increased savings to homeowners and businesses as more homes and businesses go solar.

On Oct. 26, the town of Foster began signing up residents and business owners for the Solarize program. The program works by combining the power of group purchasing with federal and state incentives and a federal tax credit. As a result, program participants can install solar systems at savings up to half the market rate, with a typical system payback period of about six to seven years.

By investing in solar power today, we are building a more reliable energy system for the future. This is a forward-thinking decision that can help homeowners, businesses, and government lower energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.

I encourage all Foster residents that are considering the program to reach out and sign up before the program closes on Feb. 15. Please contact the Office of Energy Resources at 401-574-9111, or visit www.solarizeri.com for more information.

Marion S. Gold

State energy commissioner