- Rhode Island Encourages Solar Siting on Developed Lands
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has created a set of initiatives to encourage solar development on brown fields, rooftops, and carports. The initiatives were announced after hearing input from various stakeholders in the solar industry, including environmentalists, farmers, businesses, residents, and municipal planners. Instead of creating large solar farms, the state has decided the best way to take advantage of solar energy is to use the underutilized space which has already been developed on.
A Newport-based company, PowerDocks developed the Blue Isles Solar Microgrid Dock technology. Boats and other water vehicles can now charge up on these solar powered docking platforms.
1,064 Rhode Island residents are employed in the solar industry. The state ranks 11th for solar jobs per capita.