PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced grants of $115,667 to help farmers “green” their operations and save energy and money. The awards, funded by Rhode Island’s Farm Energy Grant Program, will support solar projects at six local farms across the state.
“Our farmers provide Rhode Islanders with nutritious home-grown foods and other local products, improving our quality of life,” Governor Daniel McKee said. “It is essential for us to support them and help our local agricultural economy to thrive. I am delighted to announce a new round of grants to help these farms convert their operations to clean energy so that we can help reduce the burden of their energy bills while reducing their carbon emissions.”
“The Farm Energy Grant Program helps farms meet their unique operational and energy needs while reducing utility costs and carbon footprints,” the state energy commissioner said. , Nicholas Ucci. “Through these significant investments, our farms are not only making smart decisions for their businesses, but also contributing to Rhode Island’s efforts to fight climate change.”
“We commend our grant recipients and all partners in our vital and vibrant agricultural sector for their efforts to bring clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy to Rhode Island farms,” said DEM Director Terry Gray. “Farm Energy Grants help farm families grow their businesses, reduce farm carbon emissions, and do their part to make our state cleaner and greener.”
Projects funded in Spring 2022 include:
Elwood Orchard – Scituate, price $18,027 The 7.2 kW rooftop solar project will offset 100% of the energy consumption of this farm and apple orchard.
Newport Equestrian Academy – Middletown, Prize $20,000 The 36 kW rooftop solar panel will offset 100% of the energy consumption of this local horse farm.
Roots Farm – Tiverton, price $20,000 The 17.2 kW ground mounted solar panel will offset 100% of the energy consumption of this diverse, certified organic vegetable farm to grow over 27 tonnes of vegetables.
Silk Tree Farm – Exeter, Price $17,640 The 7.2kW ground mounted solar panel will offset 100% of the energy consumption for this organic livestock and self-care operation.
Sodco, Inc. – Slocum, Price $20,000 The 53.55 kW rooftop solar project will offset 74 percent of the energy used by this large commercial farm adjacent to RI – Founded in 1981.
The Farm in RI – Chepachet, Award $20,000 The 5,135 kW roof-mounted solar panel will offset approximately 65 percent of energy consumption for this organic vegetable, egg and flower farm.
There are over 1,000 farms throughout Rhode Island, contributing over 2,500 jobs and $235 million to Rhode Island’s economy each year.
Funding for the state’s farm energy grant program is made possible through Rhode Island’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first mandatory cap and market-based trading to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the energy sector.
To learn more about how Rhode Island is addressing climate change mitigation and resilience, please visit: http://climatechange.ri.gov.