- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Officials say a 10 megawatt solar farm has been proposed for an agricultural tract in Cranston that would be the most powerful in the state.

City officials tell the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1Pqueq4 ) the proposal would allow for taxable development of the land without dramatically changing the city’s landscape. It would cost about $10 million.

Mayor Allan Fung’s administration has asked City Council to amend an ordinance, removing a requirement that the Zoning Board of Review must approve the project. That request is under consideration.

If the zoning ordinance is changed, the city’s Plan Commission must then approve a “major land development” which would require a public hearing.

A solar farm converts sunlight to electricity, which is then typically sold to a public utility company.

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

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