Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island leaders recently chose Quonset to sign legislation that supports the growth of clean energy. The Governor was joined by State Energy Commissioner Carol Grant, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank CEO Jeffrey Diehl for the event held earlier this summer. General Assembly sponsoring clean energy legislation included: Sen. William Conley (East Providence, Pawtucket), Sen. Louis DiPalma (Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton), Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (Warwick/Cranston), Sen. Susan Sosnowski (South Kingstown/New Shoreham), Rep. Lauren Carson (Newport), Rep. Arthur Handy (Cranston), Rep. Kenneth Marshall (Bristol/Warren), Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Jamestown/Middletown), and Rep. Aaron Regunberg (Providence). They were joined by Rep. Bob Craven (North Kingstown) who represents Quonset.
“We have made so much progress toward our clean energy and environmental goals, and this legislation will help us build on that momentum,” Governor Raimondo said. “By streamlining permitting processes, simplifying land value taxation policy of renewables on farm lands and providing long-term stability to our renewable energy programs, we are taking important steps toward fostering a stronger clean energy economy.”
The ceremony took place in front of a ground-mounted solar array at the Quonset Business Park.
“At Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), we’re committed to growing our already robust renewable energy portfolio and investing in long-term sustainability,” said Steven King, managing director of the QDC.
The QDC is currently working on a new 400,000-square-foot rooftop solar array and a separate land-based array on Davisville Road. Once complete, these green energy projects will produce approximately two million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, enough to meet the full needs of the QDC.