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Farm Energy Program

As part of its continued efforts to grow Rhode Island's green economy, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced $600,000 will be available to help local farmers "green" their operations and benefit from the related energy and cost savings. The new Rhode Island Farm Energy Program supports energy efficiency projects as well as helps farmers transition to renewable power.

In R.I., green energy grants help small farms stay in the black

Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal

Environmental and commercial sustainability is a challenge for Rhode Island farmers. State energy grants help them keep growing. Read more....

The first grant round opened in fall of 2016. DEM - in partnership with the Rhode Island Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and others - held three successful public workshops in June 2016 to review this new program, as well as other energy programs available to Rhode Island farmers. For the spring 2017 grant cycle, three more workshops have been created. Register now and learn about all the funding opportunities and incentives available for farm energy projects!

January 26, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
West Greenwich Community Center
(behind Louttit Library)
274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI

February 1, 2017 5 PM to 7 PM
North Scituate Library
606 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI

February 9, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Tiverton Library
35 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI

Registration is required.

The following projects have been awarded funding:

  • Harmony Hills Farm, Glocester - $19,047 Installation of a 10.92 kW solar Photovoltaic system that will be used to power a farm manufacturing facility that produces assorted jams and pickles.
  • Red Planet Vegetable Farm, Johnston - $14,930 Installation of a 3.78 kW solar Photovoltaic system that will power a five-acre farm, producing organic vegetables.
  • Pat's Pastured, East Greenwich - $18,268 Upgrades to the refrigeration/freezer system that is used to store meats produced by the farm.

Funding for the new Rhode Island Farm Energy Program is made possible through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Grants of up to $20,000 will continue to be available. For more information, contact the Division of Agriculture at (401) 222-2781 or the RC&D Office at (401) 500-0399, or email info@rifarmenergy.org.