The analysis by University of Rhode Island researchers did not account for aesthetic treatments, and found no impact from arrays in rural areas.
Supporters say third-party companies could bring innovation, but some lawmakers worry about potential disruption to successful utility programs.
The state is considering proposals to make electric vehicles more accessible to lower-income buyers.
Since becoming chair of the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority last year, Marissa Gillett has supercharged efforts around grid modernization.
The state is moving forward with a full-fledged shared solar program even as a pilot program continues to limp along.