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Solar projects advance Rhode Island's renewable energy resources

Clean tech integrator Ameresco has achieved commercial operation at its site in Tiverton and mechanical completion at its location in Cumberland in the New England state. 

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Tiverton's solar energy site, built on a former cornfield in Rhode Island
Tiverton's solar energy site, built on a former cornfield in Rhode Island

Clean technology integrator Ameresco has begun commercially operating its solar energy site in Tiverton, and, in addition, announced mechanical completion of its site in Cumberland, both in Rhode Island.

 

The newly completed solar energy sites will benefit off-taker Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) in the US state.

 

Electricity generation capacity

 

Installed on a former corn field, Ameresco’s Tiverton’s solar energy site comprises more than 12,000 modules with an electricity generation capacity of 4.95 MW. Through the implementation of these solutions, RIAC is expected to amass an annual cost savings of approximately $380,000 in the first year alone, the company claims.

 

While not yet at commercial operation, the solar site at Cumberland installed more than 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.

 

RIAC has entered into a long-term agreement with Ameresco as the designated off-taker of the clean energy generated from both sites. RIAC has a long-standing history of supporting the development of various sustainable resources and environmental programmes meant to minimise potential adverse impacts from airport operations.

“These projects provide a renewable energy source that directly advances the state’s commitment to clean energy expansion within their renewable energy portfolio”

Both solar sites further enhance Cumberland and Tiverton’s commitment to implementing reliable, cost-effective and environmentally conscious solutions, Ameresco reports.

 

Over the years, Cumberland has prioritised 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,” said David Anderson, executive vice president and director at Ameresco.

 

“By developing and implementing over 10MW of electricity capacity and providing over $790,000 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.”

 

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

 

Founded in 2000, Ameresco is a cleantech integrator and renewable asset developer, owner and operator. Its portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout the US and the UK.

 

Formed in 1992, the RIAC is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the six state-owned airports, and the supervision of all civil airports, landing areas, navigation facilities, air schools and flying clubs.

 

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