WEST WARWICK, R.I. — With three new 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to bolster his argument, Ward 3 Councilman Edward Giroux declared Friday that his town is "the greenest municipality in the state right now."
After solar panels are installed on the roofs of the town's ice rink and field house, the town’s public buildings — including its schools, department of public works, town hall, senior center and wastewater treatment facility — will get all their energy from renewable sources.
"We’re going to be the first town [in Rhode Island] to be able to say that — that all our power is renewable," Presley said.
The town used four grants, two each from RI Commerce and the state’s Office of Energy Resources, totaling just under $800,000 for the solar panels. Solar energy company Nexamp will own the panels, and the town will purchase the energy at a discounted rate, Presley said.
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