Renewable Energy Fund

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) was created in 2007 as a component of legislation known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law, RSA 362:F.

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) was created in 2007 as a component of legislation known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law, RSA 362:F. The RPS law mandates that 25.2 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. Each year electric service providers comply with the law by acquiring Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs, representing electricity generated from renewable sources. The portfolio requirements increase over time.

Electric service providers who cannot obtain sufficient quantities of RECs for a given compliance year are required to make Alternative Compliance Payments, or ACPs. ACPs provide the funding for the Renewable Energy Fund, the purpose of which is to support thermal and electrical renewable energy initiatives.

The Renewable Energy Fund, administered by the New Hampshire Department of Energy, distributes funds through renewable energy rebate programs or competitive grant solicitations. The REF provides funding for the following programs:

  • Residential electrical renewable energy rebate program
  • Residential solar hot water heating rebate program
  • Residential central wood pellet boiler/furnace heating system rebate program.
  • Low/Moderate income community solar
  • Commercial and industrial solar technologies rebate program
  • Commercial and industrial central wood pellet boiler/furnace rebate program
  • Commercial and industrial competitive grant program