Gov. Raimondo to sign renewable energy legislation

The Associated Press

Gov. Gina Raimondo is planning to sign into law several energy measures designed to get more Rhode Islanders tapping into solar power and other renewable resources.

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo is planning to sign into law several energy measures designed to get more Rhode Islanders tapping into solar power and other renewable resources.

The Democrat is scheduled to attend a Thursday signing ceremony at Newport Vineyards in Middletown.

The legislation includes a "community solar" program that allows people to join together to finance a solar generator and get credited for the electricity it produces. It's meant for those who want to tap into solar power but don't have a roof to install panels or can't afford to spend up to $20,000 on them.

It's also attracted the attention of California-based Solar City, which is sending a representative to Raimondo's event.

More than a quarter of states already allow such third-party financing, including Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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