Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

January 08, 2017

The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is one of five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The refuge serves as both a home for the wildlife and a rich natural environment for the public to enjoy. The federal agency partnered with Newport Renewables to install the ground mounted solar array, adding additional capacity to its existing ground mounted array. The 56-panel array was completed and turned online in October 2015. The solar array is expected to generate 25,900 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing 81% of the refuge’s annual electricity consumption.  The system will offset the equivalent of 20.1 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and generate enough clean energy to power 1.9 homes each year.

System Owner:  United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Middletown, RI
Project Type:  Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
System Size:  20.24 kW DC
System Type:  Ground mount – cast in place
Incentives:  Federally owned - no incentives utilized
Annual Savings:  $4,000
Lifetime Savings:  $120,000

A National Wildlife Refuge utilizing solar to decrease environmental impact and operating costs.

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