Worker Co-op Wins Bid to Become Solar Program Installer

Sol Power, a Providence firm, was recently chosen as the town’s contractor for the Solarize Rhode Island program, which incentivizes homeowners to install solar panels through economies of scale when multiple households sign up.


Eight qualified solar installers were scored by the town, the Commerce Corporation, the office of energy resources and SmartPower. Based on the scores, the list was whittled down to three installers the town interviewed.

Sol Power stood out because the town wanted to support a Rhode Island-based company. Plus, the company had a strong Charlestown connection because its vice president, Tyler Mason, is a town resident. Sol Power is also a worker-owned cooperative, where the workers have a stake in the company, which was another important factor in the decision process, Platner said.

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