Wastewater treatment authority on path to full renewability

September 1, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment authority is close to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

The Narragansett Bay Commission in Providence announced it has reached a deal on constructing two solar energy farms to be completed next year. Rhode Island Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/2wp6QGO ) that the treatment authority already receives nearly half of its electricity from wind power.

With the upcoming solar farms, the commission will be almost fully renewably powered by next summer. The commission made a pledge to reach that goal by 2020.

Tom Uva, the commission’s director of environmental science and compliance, says the solar project is projected to save the facility $18.5 million in the next 25 years.

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