- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston has approved a zoning change that clears the way for a solar farm.

Mayor Allan Fung’s administration previously proposed a change in the zoning ordinance that would make solar developments an allowed use in certain residential, open space and manufacturing zones.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1MRkv7Z ) that the city council voted to remove a requirement that the zoning board of review would have to approve the developer’s plan. The developer still must gain clearance from the planning commission.

Res America Development Inc. proposed to build a solar farm on agricultural land. A solar farm is an array of photovoltaic silicon panels that convert sunlight to electricity.

The West Bay Land Trust opposed the plan, preferring to preserve the open space and farmland.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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