Nautilus Solar Energy and ISM Solar Development celebrate the opening of a community solar farm located on a redeveloped EPA landfill

Unusable land turned into a clean energy source

Posted: October 19, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. CDT|Update: 10 minutes ago

SUMMIT, New Jersey, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, (“Nautilus”) and ISM Solar Development, LLC (“ISM Solar”), leaders in the development of solar energy projects, celebrated the opening of a project yesterday 3.43 MW community solar power plant located on a remediated EPA superfund site. Situated in Cranston, Rhode Island, the project represents the transformation of a former environmental liability into an environmental asset, providing clean energy to 509 Rhode Island homes that reside in National Grid territory.

Nautilus Solar Energy and ISM Solar Developers hosted Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Representative Brandon Potter, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor and community leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony for the opening of a community solar project located on a former landfill. More than 6,000 solar panels provide clean, renewable electricity to 509 homes in Rhode Island. (Left to right – Eric LaMora, Nautilus Solar; Dave Peck, ISM; Eric Paul, Nautilus Solar; Greg Lucini, ISM; Mike Lucini, ISM; Governor Dan McKee; Director Terry Gray (RIDEM) (back); Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor; Representative Brandon Potter; Former Mayor of Cranston Allan Fung, Franklin Paulino, Economic Development, Town of Cranston)

Former landfill transformed into a community solar project with 6,000 panels supplying 509 RI households

“Today we are celebrating the transformation of a brownfield site into a clean, renewable source of energy, while making the benefits of solar energy available to more Rhode Islanders.” , said the governor Dan McKee at a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday alongside Speaker of the House Joe Shekarchi, State Representative Brandon potter, secretary of commerce Stefan Pryor, and community partners. “The state’s community solar program allows National Grid customers, who want to reduce their carbon emissions but cannot install solar panels in their homes, to subscribe to a local solar project and receive a discount on their electricity bills. This locally built community solar project offers environmental and economic benefits and is a win-win for the Rhode Island State and its constituents and congratulations to ISM Solar, Watershed Geo and Nautilus Solar. “

The Community Solar Project was developed by ISM Solar, and Nautilus is the owner-operator responsible for project management, long-term asset management, and maintenance services for the projects.

“This community solar project represents the importance of the partnership between industry, Rhode Island State, and the local community. It is exciting to continue the great work with ISM Solar, and we are proud to be the energy partner of choice in Rhode Island,” noted Eric Paul, executive director of origination at Nautilus Solar. “Along with our other community solar projects in the state, we are able to provide equitable and affordable access to clean solar electricity to more than 2,500 Rhode Island residents,” added Eric La Mora, community solar director.

Installing community solar projects on covered landfills has proven to be an effective way to turn generally unused space into a renewable energy source. The project is uniquely built on ClosureTurf®, a patented brownfield closure system designed to support the support of 9,000 solar panels attached to a shelving system and held by over 60,000 ballast blocks to protect the landfill cover . Designed by Watershed Geosynthetics, an environmental solutions company, this innovative material is uniquely engineered to treat and resolve soil erosion, slope integrity, gas emissions, control of installation and maintenance costs, EPA regulatory compliance and durability of structure and appearance.

“We are honored to be part of this innovative and industry-changing project. Seeing our solar closure and integration technologies become a reality and play a role in turning a liability into a green energy asset for the community is very exciting. ” noted Mike Ayers, CEO of Watershed Geo. “Our technologies coupled with ISM Solar’s development capabilities are an excellent partnership and example of execution in creating beneficial land reuse in generally unusable space. As more emphasis is placed on environmental values ​​and goals, these types of projects will become essential for communities in general. “

Developers partner closely with communities to generate local tax revenue, create new employment opportunities, and save energy for the people of Rhode Island. In fact, the Cranston community solar project provides direct benefit to local people Rhode Island the economy through the creation of more than 7,000 hours and 124 worker-days of construction jobs, in addition to supporting 20 to 25 full-time positions for the site’s electrical and vegetation management teams . In addition, community solar represents the democratization of solar energy. Nautilus’ community solar projects will provide the environmental equivalent of replacing the carbon from 3,830 acres of US forests and the annual carbon produced from 680 cars.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Town of Cranston, National Grid, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Office of Energy Resources, and the Capuano family (landowner) to create this important green energy resource, ”said Greg Lucini, CEO of ISM Solar. “In addition, this project received a Rhode Island Commerce Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Brownfield grant which helped provide the necessary development capital.

Subscriptions to Nautilus community solar projects in Rhode Island are now available to eligible customers through Arcadia Power.

About Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC
Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC is a leading owner-operator of solar projects serving the community solar market and corporate customers across the United States. A pioneer in solar energy since 2006, Nautilus is committed to creating a clean and sustainable future by offering a choice of fair and affordable renewable energy. Through its Community Solar initiative, Nautilus is making solar energy available to a wider market, including low to moderate income households (LMIs) and unrated businesses that want to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bills. public services.

Nautilus is 100% owned by Power Sustainable, a global cross-platform alternative asset manager with a long-term investment approach focused on sustainable strategies. Nautilus owns solar projects throughout their lifecycle, enabling Nautilus, along with trusted local partners, to deliver on its promise to create a better world by supplying communities with clean, long-term energy. . For more information on Nautilus Solar Energy, visit

About ISM Solar, LLC
ISM Solar builds solar farms that deliver clean energy savings to communities, public users and private users across the country. Its mission is to reuse underused and compromised space, including landfills, brownfields and gravel pits, in the pursuit of a sustainable energy economy. Follow ISM Solar on LinkedIn and Twitter and visit

About Watershed Geo
Based at Alpharetta, Georgia, Watershed Geo develops intellectual property and provides technical solutions to ongoing problematic environmental and renewable energy infrastructure. Watershed’s products solve long-standing problems in industries such as geotechnical engineering, waste management, erosion control and renewable energy. Watershed’s branded technologies include ClosureTurf® for permanent closures of municipal, industrial and coal combustion waste landfills / dikes. Advanced HydroTurf® coating technology for high hydraulic shear protection. VersaCap® for intermediate landfill odor prevention, emissions control and leachate reduction. Watershed Solar LLC develops and owns solar technology for use on geosynthetic turf systems designed by Watershed Geo for the MSW, industrial and utility markets. For more information visit

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