Rhode Island marina switches to solar power

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Conanicut Marine Services, Rhode Island’s newest Clean Marina, is going solar.

The Jamestown-based business will “flip the switch” to solar Monday during a breakfast celebration.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, community leaders and members of the public will be at the Taylor Point boatyard to see the unveiling of the yard’s new addition, the company announced. Attendees will get their first glimpse of the yard’s photovoltaic system and operation. It is the largest renewable-energy facility developed in the state’s marine trades to date.

The system not only will provide 100 percent solar power to the 10-acre yard, it also will provide power to the National Grid under the Rhode Island Distributed Generation Program, saving fossil fuel over years to come.

The marina will receive its Clean Marina designation from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council at the event.

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