Rhode Island Airport Corporation to be powered with solar energy

Ameresco today announced that it achieved commercial operation at its solar energy site in Tiverton, Rhode Island and mechanical completion at its site in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Both milestones mark meaningful steps in the advancement of solar energy resources within the State.

Installed on a former corn field, Ameresco’s Tiverton’s solar energy site comprises over 12,000 modules with an electricity generation capacity of 4.95 MW.

Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is the offtaker for both projects, and is expected to save approximately $380,000 in energy costs in the first year alone. While not yet at commercial operation, the solar site at Cumberland installed over 14,000 modules with an electricity generation capacity of 5.71 MW, subsequently accumulating an annual cost savings of approximately $410,000 in its first year.

Both solar sites further enhance Cumberland and Tiverton’s commitment to implementing reliable, cost-effective and environmentally conscious solutions. Over the years, Cumberland has prioritized various sustainability initiatives by installing energy efficient technologies in public buildings, and Tiverton has established local conservation and recycling commissions dedicated to educating community residents. These initiatives play a vital role in informing the public and strengthening the importance of renewable energy solutions.

“Our projects in Cumberland and Tiverton are prime examples of the economic and environmental benefits renewable energy solutions offer our customers. By developing and implementing over 10MW of electricity capacity and providing over $790K in annual energy savings, these projects provide a renewable energy source that directly advances the state’s commitment to clean energy expansion within their renewable energy portfolio.” said David J. Anderson, executive vice president and director at Ameresco.

Commercial operation of the Cumberland project is expected to be achieved by April 2021.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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