NORTH KINGSTOWN -- When it comes to new renewable energy projects, why do a ribbon-cutting ceremony when you can hold a "Flip the Switch" ceremony?
That's what will take place Wednesday afternoon when Gov. Chafee and other officials gather at Quonset Business Park to mark the completion of what is being described as New England's most powerful rooftop solar array.
The array, installed atop two former Navy warehouses, is the size of three and a half football fields and is comprised of 8,500 solar panels. It will produce 3 million kilowatt hours per year, enough to power 500 homes.
The developer and operator of the project is Nexamp, a Boston-based solar energy company. The rooftop is being leased from the owners of the buildings, according to project developer Palmer Moore.
Nexamp has a 15-year agreement to sell the power it produces to National Grid.
BY RICHARD SALIT
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