URI official: ‘No downside’ to consortium’s 46-MW project

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: David Lamb, assistant director of facilities services and utilities for the University of Rhode Island, at a solar array built on the former West Kingston landfill site in South Kingstown. Lamb says the project is the best of both worlds – development of clean energy that helps the state reduce its reliance on fossil fuels without sacrificing the carbon absorption and wildlife habitat benefits of trees. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: David Lamb, assistant director of facilities services and utilities for the University of Rhode Island, at a solar array built on the former West Kingston landfill site in South Kingstown. Lamb says the project is the best of both worlds – development of clean energy that helps the state reduce its reliance on fossil fuels without sacrificing the carbon absorption and wildlife habitat benefits of trees. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
Tucked behind a half-filled student parking lot, partially obscured by chain-link fencing, acres of solar panels are quietly powering a new future for the University of Rhode Island. The solar system is part of a three-property project spanning 267 acres in South Kingstown and West Greenwich, developed jointly by URI, South Kingstown and Narragansett. Once…

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