Today, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee announced that the state will provide $200,000 to remake an abandoned landfill into a flourishing solar energy farm.
The former 229-acre East Providence garbage disposal facility closed in 1979. However, Governor Chaffee's efforts will help turn that land into one of New England's largest solar energy facilities.
The solar project is expected to create numerous jobs and generate a critical supply of clean energy in the state. The action also serves as a model underscoring the importance of government grants in stimulating clean energy development and implementation.