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Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Last Review: 2012-10-01
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Incentive Amount: Varies (local option)


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.

Charles Hawkins
Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
One Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908-5890
Phone:(401) 574-9100 Ext.
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Email: charlie.hawkins@energy.ri.gov
Web site: http://www.energy.ri.gov


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