Nautilus Solar completes community solar project on superfund site in Rhode Island
Nautilus Solar Energy and ISM Solar Development celebrated the opening of a 3.43-MW community solar project on a remediated EPA superfund site. Located in Cranston, Rhode Island, the project represents the transformation of a former environmental commitment into an environmental asset, providing clean energy to 509 Rhode Island households living on National Grid territory.
“Today we celebrate the transformation of a brownfield into a clean, renewable energy source while making the benefits of solar energy available to more Rhode Islanders,” Governor Dan McKee said in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Speaker of the House Joe Shekarchi yesterday. State Representative Brandon Potter, Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor and community partners. “Thanks to the state community program, National Grid customers who want to reduce carbon emissions but cannot install solar panels on their own homes can subscribe to a local solar project and get a discount on their electricity bills. This locally built community solar project provides environmental and economic benefits and is a win-win situation for the state of Rhode Island and its community, and I congratulate ISM Solar, Watershed Geo and Nautilus Solar.”
The community solar project is developed by ISM Solar and Nautilus is the owner operator responsible for the project management, long term asset management and maintenance services for the projects.
Installing community solar projects in capped landfills has proven to be an effective way to convert typically unused space into a renewable energy source. The project is uniquely built on ClosureTurf, a patented brownfield closure system designed to withstand the support of 9,000 solar panels attached to a scaffolding system and held by more than 60,000 ballast blocks to protect the landfill. Developed by Watershed Geosynthetics, an environmental solutions company, this innovative material is specifically designed to address soil erosion, slope integrity, gas emissions, installation and maintenance cost control, EPA regulatory compliance, and longevity of structure and appearance. and solve.
“We are honored to be a part of this innovative and industry-changing project. It’s very exciting to see our closure and solar integration technologies become a reality and play a role in turning a liability into a green energy benefit for the community,” said Mike Ayers, CEO of Watershed Geo.
The developers work closely with communities to generate local tax revenue, create new jobs and realize energy savings for Rhode Islanders. In fact, the Cranston community solar project provides a direct benefit to the local Rhode Island economy by creating more than 7,000 hours and 124 labor days of construction jobs, in addition to supporting 20-25 full-time positions for ongoing electrical and construction work. vegetation management teams.
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