SO Rhode Island Magazine Feature

SO Rhode Island Magazine Feature

Newport Solar was recently a feature in SO Rhode Island Magazine.  In a section entitled “Living Green(er)”, SO Rhode Island Magazine discusses the way that Rhode Island residents can make their lives and homes more efficient and environmentally friendly.  The areas they focused on were Natural Landscaping, Water Conservation, Solar Photovoltaic, Energy Efficient Building, and […]

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 […]

ISO-NE

ISO-NE

Throughout the day we turn on and off lights, ovens, microwaves, computers, televisions, etc. consuming different amounts of power as we do.  Have you ever wondered how power plants meet this ever-changing demand?  ISO-NE stands for “Independent Systems Operator – New England; they are a non-profit organization that controls when the utility scale coal, natural […]

Energy and Environmental Leaders Day

Energy and Environmental Leaders Day

On Friday, September 5th, 2014 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted the Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day (EE Day RI).  The day allowed participants to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to protecting our environment in the Ocean State.  Throughout the day, knowledge sharing and connection took place between governmental organizations, non-profit leaders, and Rhode […]

Electricity Bills in Rhode Island

Electricity Bills in Rhode Island

There is a lot of information on the two or three pages that make up electricity bills in Rhode Island.   It is important to understand what you are paying for and what effect installing solar will have.  Below you will find information on how your electricity bill is structured and how a solar array is […]

Residential Solar Grant – Funding

The Commerce Corporation of Rhode Island will award a residential solar grant for qualifying residential solar projects.  This grant will provide $1.25 per watt for a solar installation with a maximum grant amount of $10,000.00.  This grant greatly reduces the size of the initial investment required to install residential solar power in Rhode Island. The […]

Free Home Energy Assessment

Free Home Energy Assessment

National Grid offers a free home energy assessment to all Rhode Island home owners.  A certified Energy Specialist will come to your home, perform the assessment, and provide a report of recommendations focused on ways your home efficiency can be improved.  Click here to go to information on this program. Participants can receive: Up to […]

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, […]