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State regulators have made it easier for solar companies to do business in the Ocean State with a new statewide permit application for solar projects. 


A massive solar project in Simsbury, Connecticut is now one step closer to becoming one of New England’s largest clean-energy projects.


The International Trade Commission ruled Friday that inexpensive, imported solar panels have harmed U.S.-based panel manufacturers. In New England, solar installers say they started stockpiling the panels even before the decision.

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Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment authority is close to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

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As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60 acres of property near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks a question: What’s farmland?

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A state program designed to make buying and installing solar panels affordable and easy is available for residents and small businesses in Providence through late June.

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The founder of Alex and Ani is seeking a grant from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The grant is to help make Belcourt Castle in Newport more eco-friendly.

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt Castle, renamed it Belcourt of Newport, and is now refurbishing the place. Rafaelian is seeking a grant of $18,500 for a solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system.  The grant would come from the EDC’s Renewable Energy Fund.

The state may once again help out residents looking to add wind or solar power to their homes.  The senate finance committee will look at a plan Wednesday to restore a renewable energy tax credit.