NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will soon be home to New England’s most powerful solar rooftop array.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is scheduled to help ‘‘flip the switch’’ Wednesday at the new 8,500-panel array, which is constructed on top of two former Navy buildings at Quonset Business Park.

The array is the size of three-and-a-half football fields and will generate nearly 3 million kilowatt-hours per year, making it the most powerful rooftop array in the region.

The array was built by Nexamp, Inc., a solar power producer.

The business park at Quonset Point is home to more than 175 companies employing 9,500 people. The development and management of the area is overseen by the Quonset Development Corp.

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