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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 - has held several successful public workshops to review this new program, as well as other energy programs available to Rhode Island farmers.

If you are an agricultural producer or ag-based small business who has been curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm, the Rhode Island Farm Energy Program will be hosting four farm energy tours this summer:

  • Thursday, June 15th Red Planet Vegetable Farm & Knight Farm & Restaurant
    (Ground Mount & Roof Mount Solar Renewable Energy Systems)
    10:00 - 10:30 AM - Red Planet - 378-380 Greenville Avenue, Rear, Johnston, RI RI 02919
    11:00 - 11:30 AM - Knight's Farm - 1 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857

  • Tuesday, August 1st
    Baby Greens Farm & Robin Hollow Farm
    (Ground Mount & Roof Mount Solar Renewable Energy Systems)
    12:00 to 12:30 PM Baby Greens - 686 Hamilton Allenton Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852
    1:00 to 1:30 PM Robin Hollow - 1057 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874

The following projects have been awarded funding:

    First Round (Fall 2016)
  • Harmony Hills Farm, Glocester - $19,047
  • Red Planet Vegetable Farm, Johnston - $14,930
  • Pat's Pastured, East Greenwich - $18,268
  • First round press release with full details

    Second Round (Spring 2017)
  • Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate - $17,000
  • Earth Care Farm, Charlestown - $20,000
  • Goodwin Brothers Farm, North Smithfield - $15,000
  • Grandin Landscapes and Supply, South Kingstown - $8,000
  • Planeview Farm, West Kingston - $8,120
  • Seven Cedars Farm, Smithfield - $6,635
  • The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center, Hope - $15,000
  • Second round press release with full details

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