Solar Power Panels in Rhode Island: Costs, Companies, and ROI

DecisionData Team
September 21, 2015

Rhode IslandInterested in solar power in Rhode Island? We've got you covered. We've gathered a ton of stats and tracked down any local installers we could find.

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The average Rhode Island resident spends about 0.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and uses about 602 kilowatts (kW) per month. With an average month's electric bill totaling $91.48 it definitely makes sense to see if you can save money on power.

Key Solar Facts – Averaged for Rhode Island

Average savings per year: $1248.67 ($104.06 per month)

Estimated time for the system to pay for itself: 16 years, 10 months

Is solar worth it in Rhode Island? Based on the price of electricity in Rhode Island (an average of 0.15 per kW) and low amounts of sun (7% less than average) compared to other states, solar power  is 20% more cost effective than the rest of the nation.

Our final opinion: solar panels are recommended in Rhode Island.

Solar Panel Installers in Rhode Island

SolarCity Logo

  Description: SolarCity is currently the largest solar provider in the nation. The company was started by two brothers, and is proud of its grassroots beginnings. Features:
  • $0 down plans available.
  • The Give Power foundation gives a solar system and battery to schools without electricity for every megawatt generated.
  • Option to lock-in power rates to avoid rising utility costs.
Company highlights: SolarCity is easy to get behind with its emphasis on helping less fortunate communities. Customers also report high satisfaction with price lock options.


Sungevity logo

Description: Sungevity does business in 14 states, but they'd best be classified as an enthusiastic underdog. They've shown some differentiation through technology and power generation monitoring. Features:
  • 20-year system performance guarantee
  • Partnerships to share profits with environmental non-profits
  • Representatives on-hand at your local Lowe's
Company highlights: There's nothing wrong with Sungevity - they're a great providers with high-quality systems and technology. They could do a little better by providing more pricing options and some of the risk-reducing guarantees that other companies offer.


Solar Power by Month in Rhode Island

A 5kW system will save someone in Rhode Island about $104.06 on an average month. Rhode Island residents will usually generate the most power in July. A breakdown of average solar power and savings per month is below.

MonthAvailable kW / meter / dayEstimated savings / month
Jan 3.55 80.29
Feb 4.44 100.54
Mar 4.92 111.33
Apr 5.09 115.27
May 5.09 115.27
Jun 5.18 116.85
Jul 5.48 123.97
Aug 5.39 121.7
Sep 5.13 116.1
Oct 4.23 95.87
Nov 3.42 77.12
Dec 3.28 74.36

Rhode Island has a low amount of solar power to capture – about 4.87 kilowatts per meter per day.

Calculations and Sources

Data based on 79 reporting zip codes in Rhode Island. Stats above assume a 32 square meter (345 square foot) standard-efficiency (15%) 5 kW system costing $21,000 out of pocket. Costs vary, but are generally lower due to federal and local government incentives.

Get more info on cities in Rhode Island

Choose from a city in Rhode Island below to see info on solar power panels, installation, provider, and cost effectiveness in your area.

Albion, RI
Ashaway, RI
Barrington, RI
Bradford, RI
Bristol, RI
Carolina, RI
Central Falls, RI
Charlestown, RI
Chepachet, RI
Clayville, RI
Coventry, RI
Cranston, RI
Cumberland, RI
East Greenwich, RI
East Providence, RI
Exeter, RI
Forestdale, RI
Foster, RI
Glendale, RI
Greene, RI
Greenville, RI
Harmony, RI
Harrisville, RI
Hope, RI
Hope Valley, RI
Hopkinton, RI
Jamestown, RI
Johnston, RI
Kenyon, RI
Kingston, RI
Lincoln, RI
Little Compton, RI
Manville, RI
Mapleville, RI
Middletown, RI
Narragansett, RI
Newport, RI
North Kingstown, RI
North Providence, RI
North Scituate, RI
North Smithfield, RI
Oakland, RI
Pascoag, RI
Pawtucket, RI
Portsmouth, RI
Providence, RI
Riverside, RI
Rockville, RI
Rumford, RI
Saunderstown, RI
Shannock, RI
Slatersville, RI
Slocum, RI
Smithfield, RI
Tiverton, RI
Wakefield, RI
Warren, RI
Warwick, RI
West Greenwich, RI
West Kingston, RI
West Warwick, RI
Westerly, RI
Wood River Junction, RI
Woonsocket, RI
Wyoming, RI