Making headlines in solar energy innovation
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?
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will soon be home to New England’s most powerful solar rooftop array.
A flurry of solar energy projects are underway across Rhode Island. East Providence, Westerly, West Greenwich and the Quonset Business Park have substantial solar fields planned or underway. Here is a look at the two largest:
Quonset Business Park. A solar photovoltaic (PV) system covering 400,000 square feet atop two adjoining industrial warehouses is on track to be the largest of its type in New England. The project, owned by a Boston-based solar developer, expects to break ground in January and is scheduled to be completed in about two months.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – Nexamp, a Mass.-based solar energy company with offices in Providence, will be installing the largest rooftop solar array in New England on two buildings in West Davisville.
The city's largest rooftop solar array has been installed atop the Leewood Building in the Newark St. industrial park. It will provide up to 95% of anchor tenant Swix Sport USA's electrical requirements.
With partners Nexamp and Lumus Construction, the town dedicated its solar and wind turbine projects at the water pollution control facility June 22 in Hyannis.
Those attending the ceremony had a rare opportunity to drive out alongside the solar PV array that numbers nearly 4,000 modules. In the distance, the twin turbines were turning. The panels are designed to produce one million kilowatt hours annually, the turbines 282,100 in total.
Coupled with other energy-use changes at the plant, net energy consumption is expected to drop by 1.2 million kilowatt hours a year.
Every minute, enough energy from the sun hits the earth’s surface to power the planet for an entire year.
Hoping to channel some of that energy and convert it into electricity to power Massachusetts homes and businesses, former Army captains Daniel Leary and Will Thompson in 2006 established Nexamp, Inc. The North Andover company has grown to include offices in Boston, Hartford, and Providence with 35 employees.
The first visitors to New England’s largest privately owned solar energy park nearly missed it. Nestled on a plateau more than half a mile from the road, the state-of-the-art array is hidden from view, surrounded by woods at the edge of the old Fletcher Quarry.
WESTFORD -- Gov. Deval Patrick flipped the switch on the largest privately owned solar park in New England yesterday and acknowledged the state is committed to reaching its solar-energy goals set in 2008.
A 4.5-megawatt solar-panel field known as Westford Solar Park, with more than 14,000 panels, sits on 22 acres in a former quarry on Route 40 near Route 3. It was developed by Boston-based Cathartes Private Investments and solar-energy producer Nexamp.