End of National Grid incentive for parking lot solar canopies sparks concerns

NATIONAL GRID RHODE ISLAND has ended its solar carport adder, which offers extra payment to developers who build solar canopies on parking lots rather than forest or farmland. Pictured is one such project at the Public Utilities Commission office building in Warwick. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF ENERGY RESOURCES
PROVIDENCE – After a two-year test run, National Grid has nixed a program that gives developers extra money to build solar canopies on parking lots. And some environmental groups aren’t happy. The 2022 Renewable Energy Growth Program approved by the R.I. Public Utilities Commission did not include the solar carport adder in its set of…

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