Ground Breaking Ceremony At The King Community Solar Project In North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Summit, NJ – November 14, 2019 – Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (second from right) yesterday joined State Representative Carlos Tobon, Jared Schoch (President of Turning Point Energy), Laura Stern (Co-CEO of Nautilus Solar Energy), Gary Ezovski (Town Administrator of North Smithfield) and Carol Grant (Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources) for a ground breaking ceremony at the King community solar project in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. Representing 15.68 MW DC of community solar capacity, the project is the largest in Rhode Island and will produce enough clean energy to power over 1700 homes. Owned, managed and maintained by Nautilus Solar Energy, originally developed by Turning Point Energy and to be constructed by DEPCOM Power, the solar project is part of the State of Rhode Island’s Community Net Metering Solar Pilot Program. Getting the project to this stage was a collaborative effort between the Town of North Smithfield, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) as the project lies adjacent to the Landfill & Resource Recovery, Inc superfund site, which is currently undergoing a long-term remedial response under the oversight of the EPA. The community solar project is expected to be fully operational in 2020.