Green Development gets approval for three turbines at the Port of Providence

GREEN DEVELOPMENT has received all necessary approvals for three turbines it intends to build at the Port of Providence. Above, the three turbines in the foreground show where the newly approved turbines will be built. The three turbines in the background are currently located at the Narragansett Bay Commission. / COURTESY GREEN DEVELOPMENT LLC

PROVIDENCE – Green Development LLC has received all required approvals to construct three 1.5 megawatt turbines at the Port of Providence, the company announced on Tuesday.

One of the turbines will be located on leased land at ProvPort and two of the turbines will be located on leased land at Johnson & Wales University near its athletic fields. Each turbine will stand 325 feet tall, which the company said was a little shorter than the existing turbines in the area at the Narragansett Bay Commission.

Site preparation and construction of the turbine foundations are expected to begin at the end of the year, and the project is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2021.

The project has received approval from the Providence planning and zoning boards, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Electricity from the turbines will be sold directly to National Grid Rhode Island under the Renewable Energy Growth Program.

“The city has been a supportive partner throughout this process, and we certainly appreciate working with Johnson & Wales and ProvPort to develop this important renewable energy project,” stated Mark DePasquale, founder of Green Development. “Every time we get a project approved, Rhode Island becomes a little less dependent on the fossil fuel industry.”

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