Inexpensive Natural Gas, Expensive Electricity

Inexpensive Natural Gas, Expensive Electricity

In Rhode Island, we have inexpensive natural gas and expensive electricity.  This does not seem to make sense; most of our electricity in Rhode Island is generated from Natural Gas.  Lets look at the reasons for this phenomenon. Natural Gas prices are going down because there is excess supply from fracking, much of it coming […]

Going “Off The Grid”?

Going “Off The Grid”?

Many times people think that installing solar panels on their roof allows them to go “Off-Grid”.  In fact, solar panels alone do not allow this.  There is often confusion on this subject; lets go over the difference between “Off-Grid” and “Grid-Tied” solar systems. GRID-TIED: Most installations that we perform in Rhode Island and installations across […]

Climbing Utility Rates

Climbing Utility Rates

The amount of money that Rhode Island residents pay for their electricity varies based not only on how much they consume, but what the electric utility is charging per kilowatt hour (kWh).  This dollar per kWh ($/kWh) utility rate varies based on the expenses that the utility must incur to operate.  One of their most […]

Residential Solar – A Personal Hedge

Residential Solar – A Personal Hedge

Investing in residential solar is a personal hedge against increasing electricity cost, social health and safety risks, and climate change. Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison, lays out why solar is a low-risk investment with stable and secure returns. “You can’t argue with the fact that solar has no moving parts, that the sun is free, […]

NECEC: Accelerating New England’s Clean Energy Economy

NECEC: Accelerating New England’s Clean Energy Economy

Here is a video from the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) that outlines why New England is such a great place for the solar industry and other renewable energy (RE) industries as well. Also highlighted is how New England based RE industries are addressing climate change, encouraging economic growth, and helping our region become […]

2014 REF Grants Now Available

2014 REF Grants Now Available

Renewable Energy Fund Grants are now available for Rhode Island solar customers; Commerce RI is continuing support for cost effective renewable energy development in our state! Set at an amount of $1.25 per watt, this state sponsored incentive can reduce system costs by 25 to 30%. The first deadline for applications is March 31st, 2014. […]

5 REASONS SOLAR IN RI IS BEATING FOSSIL FUELS

5 REASONS TO SUPPORT SOLAR IN RHODE ISLAND I have read many articles and studies that show how solar is good for the economy, the environment and homeowners. This article does a great job in putting together five compelling ways to look at the benefits of solar, and how continuing with the status quo of […]

Solar in Rhode Island is getting some press!

Newport Solar likes to stay in touch with what is going on…here are a few excerpts from articles about the Solar Rhode Island industry: RI SEEN AT “EMERGING MARKET” FOR SOLAR ENERGY           PNB / PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS “Newport Solar got 28 new projects this year – 27 homes and one restaurant […]

RHODE ISLAND NET-METERING

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR NET-METERING IN RI?   Net-Metering, or Net Energy Metering, is the policy where an energy producer, such as a solar electric system owner, produces energy that is used directly by the home, exporting any excess power generated out to the grid, while importing any extra needed power from the grid. Typically, […]

RI SOLAR CUSTOMERS WAITING FOR NEW INCENTIVE

NEW INCENTIVE FOR SOLAR IN RHODE ISLAND   We will see a new incentive for solar in Rhode Island announced for the first of the year. Last year’s Rhode Island solar grant program was a huge success and all eligible systems were funded. The solar grant was for 25% off the cost of systems up to 10kW and 20% […]