Nautilus Solar Energy And ISM Solar Development Celebrate The Opening Of Community Solar Farm Sited On Remediated EPA Landfill

Turned unusable land into a source of clean energy

Published: October 19, 2021 at 8:47 am CDT|Updated: 53 minutes ago

SUMMIT, NJ, Oct 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC (“Nautilus”) and ISM Solar Development, LLC (“ISM Solar”), leaders in solar energy project development, celebrated the opening of a 3.43 MW community solar project yesterday on a redeveloped EPA superfund site. Located in Cranston, Rhode Island, the project represents the conversion of a former environmental liability into an environmental good and provides clean energy for 509 households in Rhode Island who live on the territory of National Grid.

Nautilus Solar Energy and ISM Solar Developers invited Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Representative Brandon Potter, Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor, and community leaders to a ceremony to mark the opening of a community solar project on a former landfill. More than 6,000 solar panels provide 509 Rhode Island homes with clean, renewable electricity. (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 ; Rep. Brandon Potter; Former Mayor of Cranston Allan Fung, Franklin Paulino, Business Development, City of Cranston)

Former landfill converted into a community solar project with 6,000 modules supplying 509 RI households with electricity

“Today we celebrate the transformation of a wasteland into a clean, renewable energy source while bringing the benefits of solar energy to more Rhode Islanders,” said governor Dan McKee at a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday with House Speaker Joe Shekarchi, State Representative Brandon Potter, Minister of Commerce Stefan Pryor, and community partners. “The state’s municipal solar program allows National Grid customers who want to reduce carbon emissions but cannot install solar panels in their own homes to subscribe to a local solar project and receive a discount on their electricity bills. This locally built communal solar project offers ecological and economic advantages and is a win-win situation for the State of Rhode Island and its components and I congratulate ISM Solar, Watershed Geo and Nautilus Solar. “

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

“This communal solar project represents the importance of the partnership between industry, State of Rhode Island, and the local church. It is exciting to continue the great work with ISM Solar and we are proud to be the energy partner of choice in. to be Rhode Island,” called Eric Paul, Executive Director of Origination at Nautilus Solar. “Together with our other community solar projects in the state, we are able to provide equitable and affordable access to clean solar power for over 2,500 Rhode Island residents,” added Eric LaMora, Solar director of the community.

Installing municipal solar projects in topped landfills has proven to be an effective way to convert normally unused land into a renewable energy source. The project is uniquely built on ClosureTurf®, a patented brownfield locking system designed to support 9,000 solar panels attached to a shelving system and held by over 60,000 ballast blocks to protect the landfill cap. Developed by Watershed Geosynthetics, an environmental solutions company, this innovative material is specifically designed to combat and solve soil erosion, slope integrity, gas emissions, control of installation and maintenance costs, compliance with EPA regulations, and longevity of structure and appearance.

“We are honored to be part of this innovative and industry changing project. It is very exciting to see our locking and solar integration technologies become a reality and play a role in turning liability into green energy value for the community.” called Mike Ayers, CEO of Watershed Geo. “Our technologies combined with ISM Solar’s development capabilities are a great partnership and example of implementation in creating beneficial reuse of land in a normally unusable area. As environmental values ​​and goals become more important, these types of Projects to be vital to communities. ” on the whole.”

The developers are working closely with communities to generate local tax revenue, create new job opportunities, and help Rhode Island residents save energy. Indeed it is Cranston Community solar project offers a direct benefit to the locals Rhode Island Economy by creating over 7,000 hours and 124 working days of construction jobs, in addition to supporting 20-25 full-time positions for ongoing electrical and construction site vegetation management crews. Community Solar also stands for the democratization of solar energy. Nautilus’ community solar projects will provide the ecological equivalent of carbon replacement from 3,830 acres of US forest and the annual carbon emissions of 680 automobiles.

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

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

About Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC
Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC is a leading solar owner-operator serving the municipal solar market and corporate customers in the United States. As a pioneer in solar energy since 2006, Nautilus is committed to a clean, sustainable future by offering a fair and affordable range of renewable energies. Through its Community Solar initiative, Nautilus is bringing solar energy to a wider market, including low to middle income households (LMI) and unrated companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and electricity bills.

Nautilus is wholly owned by Power Sustainable, a global multi-platform alternative asset manager with a long-term investment approach focused on sustainable strategies. Nautilus owns solar projects throughout their lifecycle that enable Nautilus, together with the local partners it has entrusted, to deliver on its promise to create a better world by providing communities with clean energy over the long term. More information about Nautilus Solar Energy can be found at

About ISM Solar, LLC
ISM Solar builds solar parks that enable communities, public users and private users across the country to save clean energy. Its mission is to recycle unused and degraded land, including landfills, fallow land and gravel pits, in pursuit of a sustainable energy economy. Follow ISM Solar on LinkedIn and Twitter and visit

About Watershed Geo
Headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, Watershed Geo develops intellectual property and provides technical solutions to the persistently problematic environmental and renewable energy infrastructure. Watershed’s products solve longstanding problems in industries such as geotechnical engineering, waste management, erosion control and renewable energies. Watershed’s branded technologies include ClosureTurf® for municipal, industrial and coal incineration residues from landfill / impoundment. HydroTurf® advanced revetment technology for high hydraulic shear protection. VersaCap® for intermediate landfill odor avoidance, emission control and leachate reduction. Watershed Solar LLC develops and owns solar technology for use on geosynthetic turf systems developed by Watershed Geo for the residential, industrial and utility markets. More information is available at

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