Location: Providence, RI
Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island. It is the 3rd largest city in New England with a population of 179,154 residents. The Providence metro area that extends into Massachusetts and has an estimated population of 1.6 million. Rhode Island passed energy deregulation laws in 1998 and allowed only a few retail energy providers into the state at first. By 2000, the state was fully deregulated, and more energy providers were allowed into the state and could offer competitive electric rates. Even though the state has been deregulated for over a decade, only about 2,000 RI residents have switched off their utility. For more information on the Providence, RI energy market, see the graphs below.
Solar Score for Providence, RI
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Providence, RI residents and businesses of 30/100. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Providence, RI
Providence, RI produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- 95% of electricity comes from natural gas
- Solar, wind and biomass energy make up the remaining 5% of electricity generation
- The natural gas used in RI is received via pipeline from New York or Massachusetts
- Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm on Block Island
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