renewable energy

Environment
11:35 am
Mon June 8, 2015

California Startup Brings Solar Rooftops And Jobs To Rhode Island

California-based SolarCity comes to Rhode Island with rooftop solar panels and jobs. Pictured here is Lee Keshishian (left), the company's vice president for its East Coast operations, and Steve Zariczny, the regional operations manager who will oversee the warehouse SolarCity plans to open in Rhode Island.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Homeowners interested in switching to solar energy will soon have the option to do so with no upfront costs. The nation’s largest rooftop solar installer is coming to Rhode Island. Starting this week, California-based SolarCity will offer Rhode Islanders loans to buy home solar systems.

SolarCity will offer homeowners in 10 Rhode Island cities and towns loans to buy solar panels for their homes with no money down. Homeowners would pay for the loan in monthly installments, said Lee Keshishian, the company’s vice president for its East Coast operations.

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Environment
9:14 am
Sun May 3, 2015

RISD/Brown/Erfurt Solar House Is At Home In France

The Techstyle Haus, the solar house designed and constructed by a team of students from RISD, Brown, and a university in Germany, is now permanently situated at an art academy in France.
Photo Courtesy of Edouard Dupont-Madinier

An art academy in France, Domaine de Boisbuchet, now has a solar-powered building designed by students from Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. The house was part of an international solar competition last year.

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RI News
8:18 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Local Construction Of Block Island Wind Farm To Start Soon

Wind turbines installed at the Port of Providence, similar turbines are set to be installed at an offshore wind farm near Block Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

Gov. Gina Raimondo and members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation will meet with Deepwater Wind in Quonset Point today to announce local jobs associated with the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm. They'll also provide an outlook for growing this new industry in the state. 

They’ll tour Specialty Diving Services, where local welders are working on some of the components for the wind farm’s foundation. This local company is working as a sub-contractor for a company in Louisiana that is leading the construction of the wind farm’s steel jacket foundations. 

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Environment
6:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Program Produces Positive Economic, Environmental Impacts

The state's renewable energy fund and the program designed to stimulate the development of renewable energy projects in Rhode Island are producing positive outcomes: more jobs and less pollution. That's according to a recent report by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.  

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Environment
4:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM

Credit RIPR File Photo

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has granted Deepwater Wind its first set of major permit approvals for the Block Island Wind Farm. This marks a significant milestone for the project.

The DEM has deemed the wind farm and underwater transmission cable in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. So it issued the company Water Quality Certificates. The DEM also issued a Freshwater Wetland permit for certain onshore construction activities. 

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