Three wind turbines approved for the Port of Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Three wind turbines have been approved to be built at the Port of Providence.

One turbine will be located on leased land at the port, and two additional turbines will be located on leased land at Johnson & Wales University near their athletic fields, according to Green Development spokesman Bill Fischer.

“The city has been a supportive partner throughout this process, and we certainly appreciate working with Johnson & Wales and ProvPort to develop this important renewable energy project,” said Mark DePasquale, founder of Green Development. “Every time we get a project approved Rhode Island becomes a little less dependent on the fossil fuel industry.”

The project has received approvals from the Providence Planning and Zoning Boards, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Coastal Resources Management Council, Fischer says.

The project will sell power directly to National Grid under the Renewable Energy Growth Program.

The turbines will reach a height of 325 feet and be a little shorter than the turbines located in the area at the Narragansett Bay Commission (pictured above.)

According to Fischer, once the Providence project is completed, Green Development will have built 43.5 MW of onshore wind power in Rhode Island (Portsmouth, North Kingstown, Coventry, and Johnston – 22 turbines total including ProvPort).

“We are excited to see additional renewable energy projects being developed along our waterfront. Our Port of Providence is well-positioned to support offshore wind development and I can’t think of a better symbol of sustainable investments in our community than projects like these,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Site preparation and construction of the turbine foundations is expected to begin at the end of 2020.

The turbines will be completed and operational by the end of 2021.

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