RGS Energy, a rooftop installer of solar equipment, has won more than 80 contracts to deploy rooftop solar power systems on residential homes and small businesses in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. The projects represent more than 600kW of solar power and RGS Energy expects to complete the installations by July 2015.
The contracts were generated from Solarize Rhode Island, a unique discount buying program, which launched in October and concluded earlier this week. The program was designed to encourage the adoption of residential and commercial solar systems through a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings to homeowners and businesses as more people go solar.
Dennis Lacey, CEO of RGS Energy, commented: “We’ve had a number of successful Solarize programs across the Northeast and completion of this latest program further expands our presence in the region. Given the increasing popularity of Solarize programs across the Northeast, we plan to continue to bid for more Solarize programs.”
North Smithfield was the first in the state to pilot a solar program with Little Compton and Tiverton expected to follow next spring. Ninety-one municipalities in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut previously signed on for similar “Solarize” programs, resulting in installation in up to 10% of homes.
Since 2011, RGS Energy has participated in 15 Solarize initiatives throughout the Northeast. These Solarize programs have resulted in more than 600 customers and 4MW of contracted solar.