WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Unused for about 20 years, a former manufacturing site on Kilvert Street in Warwick will now harness the power of the sun to power the city’s operations and more.
On the 37 acres of what was once Leviton, a company called Southern Sky Renewable Energy debuted the solar farm Monday morning.
More than 15,000 solar panels will generate 6.3 megawatts of power, helping to meet Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Clean Energy Goal of 1,000 megawatts of clean energy projects by the year 2020.
That 6.3 megawatts will be enough clean energy to power Warwick’s municipal buildings.
State leaders assisted Southern Sky in developing the site.
“This project was a challenge — as most brownfields are: requiring the removal of waste, the insertion of clean soil, and other remediation efforts,” said the energy company’s president, Ralph Palumbo.
Acting Mayor Joseph Solomon said finding a use for the land was challenging, too.
“This is in the center of the hub of Warwick’s City Centre,” Solomon said. “There weren’t many options available.” The City Centre is the district developed near the InterLink train station-parking garage complex.
Solomon added that the solar farm will also benefit the city’s residents — not just powering the city hall and so forth, but also generating tax revenues in property taxes over the project’s lifetime of 25 years.