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From landfill to solar energy site

The Forbes Street Solar Project II is a joint development by Hecate Energy and CME Energy

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FSSPII will contribute to governor’s goal to grow Rhode Island’s clean energy supply ten-fold
FSSPII will contribute to governor’s goal to grow Rhode Island’s clean energy supply ten-fold

Hecate Energy and CME Energy have announced the completion of a second landfill solar project in East Providence, Rhode Island. The reclaimed city landfill at Forbes Street is the second of two projects the developers have jointly completed at the site.

 

Dubbed Forbes Street solar project II (FSSPII) the new site is capable of generating 3 megawatts, the same capacity as the first. Based upon its size and the site’s solar exposure, it is expected to produce approximately 5,350 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough energy to serve nearly 500 Rhode Island households.

 

Repurposing land

 

The first solar project at Forbes Street was completed in December 2013 and serves customers of Narragansett Electric Company, a subsidiary of National Grid. It was built on a capped parcel of land that served as the city’s landfill until 1979. Re-purposing the site toward a productive use was the impetus behind Hecate’s and CME’s initial involvement.

 

“By repurposing a closed landfill to generate clean energy, the Forbes Street Solar Project is a smart use of space and serves as an example for others to follow,” said Carol Grant, state energy commissioner, Rhode Island.

“These are the types of energy solutions we need to solve our mounting energy and environmental challenges"

“This project will contribute to the governor’s goal to grow Rhode Island’s clean energy supply ten-fold – to 1,000 megawatts – by 2020 and help us to further reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

FSSPII has been recognised by Grow Smart Rhode Island as an outstanding ”smart growth project”, which described the project as “an excellent example of reusing developed and disturbed sites for renewable energy, while avoiding the loss of RI’s natural resources”.

 

The first Forbes Street Solar project received the 2015 Rhode Island Clean Energy Future Award and was named the best renewable project in the state.

 

“Hecate Energy is proud to bring its cutting-edge energy expertise to another pioneering solar project that supplies clean, renewable energy to East Providence and Rhode Island consumers,” added Preston Schultz, a director of development with Hecate Energy.

 

“These are the types of energy solutions we need to solve our mounting energy and environmental challenges. This project builds on the successful portfolio of similar solutions-based solar projects Hecate is advancing across the country.”

 

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