The Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund is seeking to support the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) applications in excess of 5 kW AC on commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in Rhode Island that can be operational within eight months of consideration for award. The Fund, initially created by the Rhode Island Utility Restructuring Act of 1996, (Rhode Island General Law Section 39-2-1.2(b)), is administered by the Rhode Island State Energy Office.Providence, Rhode Island – January 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The purpose of the Fund is to: – Support the production & consumption of commercially available renewable energy in the region and especially in the State of Rhode Island. – Create sustainable markets for commercially available renewable energy technologies. – Bring the benefits of renewable energy to Rhode Island’s environment, ratepayers, and/or renewable energy businesses. – Increase consumers’ education and awareness regarding the benefits of renewable energy to the environment, security and energy resources, and their options for using renewable energy technologies and products. The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to provide partial grant funding for new PV installations on commercial buildings in order to demonstrate the use of PV systems as viable distributed generation resources, to raise awareness in the public and business community of the need and opportunities for renewables in Rhode Island, to advance the infrastructure necessary to install and to support future Rhode Island PV applications, and to encourage creative and effective project funding. A minimum of US$500,000 is available under this RFP on a competitive basis, as follows: – Incentives of up to a maximum of $5 per Watt AC will be awarded to businesses. – Incentives of up to a maximum of $7 per Watt AC will be awarded to non-profit and government institutions as defined in Section 2.2. Additional funds may be added at the Fund’s discretion, subject to availability; any such increase will be posted on the Fund’s web site. Awards will be distributed on a competitive basis to those proposals best meeting the RFP’s objectives and evaluation criteria, as defined in Section 5.2, at lowest per-Watt cost to the Fund. Proposals will be considered head-to-head in three phases: Those wishing their proposals to be considered in Phase 1 must submit proposals to the Rhode Island State Energy Office by April 21, 2004. Additional proposals will be considered thereafter in Phase 2, subject to availability of uncommitted funds (see web site for update on fund availability). Those wishing their proposals to be considered in Phase 2 must submit proposals to the Rhode Island State Energy Office by August 15, 2004. Subject to availability of uncommitted funds, additional proposals may be considered thereafter in a conditional Phase 3. Those wishing their proposals to be considered in Phase 3 must submit proposals to the Rhode Island State Energy Office by December 15, 2004. Within each phase, proposals will be considered head-to-head. Proposed installations must be completed within eight months of the submission deadline for the phase in which the project is considered. Proposals for projects unable to meet the installation deadline will not be considered; they should consider submitting in subsequent phases of this RFP.