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TurningPoint Energy and Nautilus Solar Energy have started the construction of the King community solar project in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

The community solar project is being constructed by DEPCOM Power as part of the State of Rhode Island’s Community Net Metering Pilot Programme.

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The project represents two solar arrays totalling 12.44MW of community solar capacity and is expected to be operational in 2020.

The community solar project provides the environmental equivalent of planting over 10,500 trees or taking over 1500 cars off the road for the year. The will create over 100 jobs in Rhode Island in the fields of consulting, engineering, construction and related workers.

The project will complete the State of Rhode Island’s Community Net Metering Solar Pilot Programme.

“Projects like this, which simultaneously clean up our land and make our economy more green, are the future of our state,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “I’m thrilled that once this array is complete, more than 3,000 Rhode Island households will have the option to use clean energy and save money.”

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“There are times when property use fits a location like a glove. This effort by Nautilus and TurningPoint Energy is about to do that in stellar fashion. There have been many difficulties to get to this point but the cooperation demonstrated by landowners, neighbours, regulators, and design professionals are bringing an important new use to a challenging location,” said Gary Ezovski, North Smithfield Town Administrator.