PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents will get power from a large solar project set to be built in Connecticut.
The Office of Energy Resources announced Wednesday that all of the state's electric utilities have agreed to buy power from a 50-megawatt solar array being developed near Hartford, the Providence Journal reported.
The project was selected by National Grid after Rhode Island issued a request for proposals for up to 400 megawatts of additional renewable energy.
It will be developed by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments at a gravel mine and is expected to provide enough power for more than 18,500 homes in Rhode Island.
The investment firm also agreed to provide $300,000 to the state as part of the agreement to support clean energy workforce development.
Last month, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order that aims to have all of the state's electricity flowing from renewable sources by the end of the decade.