Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems (Rhode Island)
Last modified on December 17, 2014.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems|
|Incentive Type||Property Tax Incentive|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural|
|Eligible Technologies||Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Small Hydroelectric|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount||Varies (local option)|
|Program Administrator||Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources|
|Date added to DSIRE||2007-11-13|
|Last DSIRE Review||2014-12-03|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
Rhode Island allows cities and towns to exempt, by ordinance, renewable energy systems from property taxation. The term "renewable energy system" is not defined in the applicable statute (R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-3-21).
Note that a separate statute (R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-57-4) specifies that for purposes of local municipal property tax assessment, certain residential solar-energy systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional heating system, a conventional hot-water system, or energy production capacity that otherwise could be necessary to install in a building. Qualifying technologies include photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar water-heating systems and active solar space-heating systems.
|Department||Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources|
|Address||One Capitol Hill|
|Place||Providence, Rhode Island|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||R.I.G.L § 44-3-21|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.