75 Attend Community Meeting on New Solar Initiative in Exeter

Thursday, October 04, 2018

 

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Mark DePasquale, founder of Green Development

About 75 Exeter residents attended a Solar Town Hall meeting at the Metcalf Elementary School on Wednesday night.

The event hosted by Green Development was a presentation and discussion on how the company plans to implement its solar program in the community.

A series of experts presented and outlined everything from the job opportunities to the efforts to preserve the rural nature of the community.

According to the presentation, the project will provide the town with $10.2 million in tax revenue and a $291,500 scholarship fund.

According to the state of Rhode Island, “clean energy employment in the Ocean State has grown by a remarkable 72 percent since 2014 and resulted in 6,650 new jobs across the state.” The clean energy sector now counts more than 15,800 green jobs in total.”

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Scott Rabideau, wetland biologist

The company has pledged to limit traffic impact during the development of the project.

Today, forests cover 55.6 percent of Rhode Island or 432,000 acres. In the 1800’s two-thirds of these lands had been cleared for farming, according to a report issued by the USDA in 2017.

Green development presently employees 50, but is expected to grow to 90 full-time employees within the next two years.

 

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