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COVID-19 will slow shift to renewable energy

The renewable energy industry, which until recently was projected to enjoy rapid growth, has run into stiff headwinds as a result of three era-defining...
POWER PLAYER: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, says Rhode Island businesses could play a big part in offshore wind power in the coming years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Orsted capitalizing on R.I.’s wind-farm experience

The large Danish renewable energy company Orsted swept into Rhode Island less than two years ago, acquiring Deepwater Wind LLC and its Block Island...

Strength of ‘blue economy’ won’t fade

When Rhode Island’s economy bounces back – and it will – its strengths before the COVID-19 pandemic will again lead the way. High on...
CHARGED UP: Jeffrey Flath is CEO and president of eNow Inc., a Warwick manufacturer that designed a system that uses solar panels to power refrigeration units in commercial trucks. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

eNow has found cool use for solar panels on trucks

It’s no secret that emissions from the use of diesel fuel are exacerbating climate change worldwide. One might consider the elephant – or perhaps, the...
LARGEST WIND FARM: Green Development owns the turbines that make up Rhode Island’s largest wind farm, the $100 million, seven-turbine project in Johnston, which generates 21 megawatts. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

While delays have hampered offshore wind, land-based turbines loom large in...

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
PERMITTING DELAYS: The Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind Farm and Vineyard Wind offshore wind projects in waters off the coast of southern New England are all currently in various stages of the permitting process. / SOURCE: R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING

Waiting on more offshore wind

Three major offshore wind projects are in various stages of complicated permitting processes in southern New England waters. Revolution Wind is a joint effort between...
GETTING HEATED: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich, one of several the company has built across the state. The renewable energy developer has faced opposition from towns and environmentalists due to clear-cutting of forests required for its projects. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Solar flare-up: Solar farms facing backlash across Ocean State

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
IN DISPUTE: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich. His company is involved in at least nine open or unassigned civil cases in state courts over solar arrays. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

State renewable energy goals must fit community needs

Want some insights into the challenges in reaching Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s goal to make Rhode Island the first state in the country powered...

Be realistic on renewable energy

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in her State of the State speech said she wants to make Rhode Island the first state in the country...
CATCHING SOME RAYS: Vito Buonomano, owner of Northeast Solar & Wind Power LLC, says most of the solar-power projects his company has been involved with have been on farms, including this installation at the Washington County Turf Farms in South Kingstown. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Providence company started after owner took a shine to renewable energy

When Vito Buonomano saw the 2006 climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” he felt compelled to act. So much so that he upended his career...

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