Here we showcase the inspiring stories of people and organizations in Rhode Island who are adopting clean energy.

Pascoag Utility District installs first grid-scale battery system in Rhode Island

Pascoag Utility District (PUD) has installed Rhode Island’s first utility-scale battery storage facility. PUD worked with Agilitas Energy to design, install, and operate the 3 MW battery facility on a leased industrial site in Pascoag. By installing the battery system, the PUD was able to avoid paying up to $12 million in grid infrastructure upgrades. This is an excellent example of how energy storage can eliminate the need for extra electricity transmission infrastructure, such as poles and wires.

RI Army National Guard: Leading by example with clean energy

The Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) has installed a rooftop solar array on the 56 Troop Command Armory Building at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich. Marissa Pereira, energy program manager for RIARNG, discusses the project and her process of working with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources to procure funding and technical assistance. At 207kW, this solar array is the second largest on a state facility in Rhode Island. Newport Renewables performed the installation.

RI State Employees: How to Use State Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

For Rhode Island state employees, this video demonstrates the steps required to operate electric vehicle charging stations located at state facilities.

Verde Vineyards: A Clean Energy Story

Verde Vineyards, located in Johnston, Rhode Island, is unique for its traditional wine making techniques, hand-picked grapes, open fermentation and oak barrel aging. Jim Verde opened the farm after retiring from his job as a teacher, turning his passion for winemaking into a business. Mr. Verde has implemented three different clean energy projects: a 10.56 kW ground mounted solar system, a 40 kWh battery back-up system and geothermal heat pumps. As a result of these systems working together, the farm is 100% powered by renewable energy. Mr. Verde no longer worries when the power goes out – the batteries automatically turn on and keeps the wine cool and the lights on without any intervention.

Clean Energy Profile: Legend's Creek Farm goes green

Legend’s Creek Farm, located in Foster, Rhode Island, is popular for its goat milk soap and other personal care products. To help save energy, the owners installed energy efficient closed cell foam insulation and new double-pane windows. The farm received combined grants for over $38,000 to install 59 solar panels, which produce nearly 100 percent of its annual energy use.