Residential Solar Energy Property Tax Exemption (Rhode Island)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Rhode Island

Name Residential Solar Energy Property Tax Exemption
Incentive Type Property Tax Incentive
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount System assessed at no more than conventional energy system

Program Administrator Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2014-12-03

References DSIRE[1]


Rhode Island law provides 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 water-heating system, or energy production capacity that otherwise could be necessary to install in a building. Qualifying systems include photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar hot-water systems and active solar space-heating systems. Equipment must be new. (Passive solar systems, and systems installed on boats or vehicles do not qualify.)

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


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

Authority 1: R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-57-4 (a)(6)
Date Effective 2001-01-01
Date Enacted 2000-07-13

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


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