Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems (Rhode Island)

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Summary

Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Rhode Island

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
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
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[1]


Summary

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.


Incentive Contact

Department Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Address One Capitol Hill

Place Providence, Rhode Island
Zip/Postal Code 02908-5890
Phone (401) 574-9100


Email energy.resources@energy.ri.gov
Website http://www.energy.ri.gov
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: R.I.G.L § 44-3-21

Date Enacted 1980



















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"