Farm Energy Program

October 21, 2022


The Agricultural Energy program provides grants to agricultural businesses in the state to improve their energy efficiency and promote adoption of renewable energy technologies. 


Only agricultural businesses are eligible to apply for the program. The agricultural operations may include horticulture, viticulture, floriculture, forestry, stabling or horses, dairy farming, aquaculture, raising of livestock, poultry, bees, or all such operations. The business must have produced at least $2,500 in annual income from farming operations. 

The program funds both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Energy efficiency projects may include technologies to improve efficiency of the farm. Eligible renewable energy sources include photovoltaics, wind, solar thermal, geothermal heat pumps, and renewable energy advancing urban food gardens. Any other farm related energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will be considered. 

Program description

The program provides grants up to $20,000 to help with direct cost associated implementing the project. Although there is no maximum percentage of the total project cost funding that can be requested, projects that demonstrate other sources for funding are more  likely to be funded. 

Higher priority will be given to non-utility scale, or non-large scale commercial projects that demonstrate predominately agriculturally related renewable energy use. 

The farm operation must have performed or initiated an energy efficiency audit prior to the submittal of the application. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: State of Rhode Island, Office of Energy Resources
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Heat pumps
  • Building Insulation
  • Motor VFDs
  • Wind (Small)
  • LED Lighting
  • HVAC
Incentive Amount: up to $20,000
Installation Requirements: All the projects must be completed within a year of the award


Name: Division of Agriculture
Phone: (401) 222-2781
Name: Nathan Cleveland
Organization: RI Office of Energy Resources
Address: One Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 574-9112

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.