Governor signs green energy bills at Quonset

By James Bessette Staff Writer  Aug 11, 2017


In front of state and local officials, and beside Quonset Development Corp.’s large ground mount solar system, Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday signed into law five bills meant to support clean energy growth in Rhode Island.

The new legislation represents another step toward the governor’s “aggressive” goal of producing 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by the end of 2020, said Frank Epps of Energy Development Partners. The governor announced the energy goal at the business park in March.

Raimondo said Rhode Island – with more than 400 miles of coastline – is “uniquely vulnerable” to the challenges presented by climate change, requiring the state to be “more proactive” in staying ahead of changes in the environment. The legislation signed Wednesday morning will “make it easier” for Rhode Islanders to “go green,” she said.


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