RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — A ceremonial ribbon was cut Wednesday morning in front of the array of solar panels now adorning a previously empty field just off I-95 in Richmond. They’ll now generate energy equivalent to powering a hundred homes.
“This system will probably sit here for the next 30 or 40 years and not need much in the way of maintenance,” said Palmer Moore, of Nexamp, the company that developed and installed the system.
Last November, students in the Chariho School District got the first look at the project as installation was just getting underway. Students were on site throughout planning and construction, said Nexamp CEO Zaid Ashai.
But planning can be the longest part of the process. “Once you are done with getting an interconnection approval from the utility, getting permitting with the town — it goes pretty fast,” said Moore. Construction took just a couple months.
Besides generating energy for local businesses — about the same as one hundred homes — the solar panels will also generate tax revenue for the town: $3,750 every year.
The field had sat empty for decades before it was put to work harnessing the power of the sun, Moore said. Nexamp says with this successful start, they have plans for future solar projects in Rhode Island.