Rhode Island officials seek to encourage solar projects

March 31, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are trying to encourage solar carports and solar projects on brownfields.

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources on Thursday announced initiatives to encourage solar development on sites such as closed landfills, former gravel pits and parking areas, and carports.

Energy Commissioner Carol Grant says concerned citizens, business owners, farmers, municipalities and environmental advocates asked the state to encourage solar development on these sites. She says the state is making funding available to support these projects.

The energy resources office says former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by environmental contamination are often ideal locations for renewable energy projects. It says $1 million was earmarked for this initiative.

Another $1 million is earmarked for solar carports. Applications will be accepted starting in June.