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Solar Energy in Rhode Island

Solar Panels in Rhode Island

There are currently at least 583 solar panel installations throughout the state of Rhode Island right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Rhode Island

The average monthly solar radiation level in Rhode Island's capital city, Providence, of 4.62 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 24% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 30% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Rhode Island values listed here are based on the capital, Providence.

Solar Radiation in Rhode Island

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Rhode Island solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Rhode Island values listed here are based on the capital, Providence.

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Solar Installs in Rhode Island

Solar Panel Installations in Rhode Island

A look at solar installs in Rhode Island. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in RI vs. the cumulative install total of rest of RI counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Rhode Island

There are currently at least 583 solar panel installations throughout the state of Rhode Island right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Rhode Island
    • Providence County: 202 solar installs
    • Newport County: 136 solar installs
    • Washington County: 122 solar installs
    • Bristol County: 40 solar installs
    • Kent County: 36 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 47 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Rhode Island averaged 17.91 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2017, which was approximately 35% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.30¢/kWh in September. [2]

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Rhode Island Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Rhode Island averaged $19.93 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in September 2017, which was about 17% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.01 per Mcf in September. [3]

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More about Rhode Island

About Rhode Island

Rhode Island ranks 45th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 1,052,567. [4]

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Solar Energy in RI

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Rhode Island, or for additional solar-related resources in RI, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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About half of the sun's energy is absorbed by the Earth's surface; about 30 percent is reflected back from the surface.

Cities in Rhode Island

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