The King community solar project is the largest community solar project in Rhode Island. Once completed, it will deliver enough clean energy to power over 1,400 homes within the National Grid utility service area. The project was a collaborative effort between the Town of North Smithfield, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) as it lies adjacent to the Landfill & Resource Recovery, Inc superfund site, which is currently undergoing a long-term remedial response under the oversight of the EPA. The project incorporates environmental measures including a pollinator-friendly seed mix around and underneath the array. Interconnection is expected in early August 2021.
The North Smithfield community solar project is expected to produce 18,750,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy in its first year, which is equivalent to taking 1,500 cars off the streets or planting 10,500 trees.
The project is currently 71% subscribed and is actively seeking subscribers.