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N. Providence Unveils New Solar Panel Array

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A new solar array in North Providence is now finished.

More than 6,700 solar panels on top of an old landfill that's been unused for 35 years will power all of the municipal buildings in the town.

Ralph Palumbo, president of Southern Sky Renewable Energy, the project's developer, said the panels are special because they make good use of contaminated land.

“It’s land that really can’t be used for anything else and we can put it toward an effective and productive and financial use for the town,” Palumbo said.

North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi confirmed that economic benefits are expected to come from the project.

“Based on our preliminary numbers, our town will be receiving approximately $200,000 annually from rent, taxes and electricity,” he said.

Lombardi added that savings could impact tax payers.

The solar panels are also expected to offset emissions equal to burning nearly 3 million pounds of coal a year, or taking 560 cars off the road.





A new solar array is North Providence off of Smithfield Road is now finished.
A new solar array is North Providence off of Smithfield Road is now finished.
North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi (second from the right) unveils a new solar panel array in the town during a ribbon cutting Wednesday.
North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi (second from the right) unveils a new solar panel array in the town during a ribbon cutting Wednesday.