URI-town consortium announces solar energy initiative

Former disposal, industrial sites repurposed for clean energy project

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The solar panel field in West Kingston is located on a capped waste disposal site. It was developed and is owned by Kearsarge Energy as part of the URI-led South Kingstown Solar Consortium, which includes the towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown. (URI photo/Nora Lewis)

WHO: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources Commissioner Carol Grant, URI President David M. Dooley, URI Vice President for the Division of Administration and Finance Abigail Rider, URI Assistant Vice President for Business Services J. Vernon Wyman, representatives from the University’s private solar energy partners, state and municipal officials, URI faculty, staff and students.

WHAT: Brief speaking program to celebrate the South Kingstown Solar Consortium, formed by the University of Rhode Island and the towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett to develop one of New England’s largest clean energy initiatives. Covering 267 acres — in West Kingston, South Kingstown and West Greenwich. The installations are expected to deliver 48 megawatt hours of energy to the grid annually —enough energy to power 750 homes and offset the fossil fuel consumption of 1,500 cars. Of the 42 acres at the West Kingston and South Kingstown locations, 28 are capped waste disposal sites, unsuitable for farming.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.

WHERE:  Under a tent on the North Recreation Field at the corner of Flagg and Plains roads (adjacent to the solar panel field).  Parking will be available across the street from the event, in Lot 21, indicated at A-2 of the parking map. Because this event will take place outside, please dress in warm, comfortable clothes and shoes.

Please register your vehicle for a visitor parking pass through the new URI Parking Services System. Click on “Visitors” and you will be prompted to enter your vehicle information. Otherwise, you will need to visit the Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center (45 Upper College Road) on the day of the event to receive a parking pass.

MEDIA CONTACT/RSVP: Carol McCarthy, 401-874-4147; carolmccarthy@uri.edu