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04/05/2016

Solarize Barrington Results in 47 Solar Projects (Updated)

The Town of Barrington was one of five communities selected for the fall 2015 Solarize Rhode Island program, which is designed to drive down the cost of installing a solar photovoltaic system on a home or business.

The program, which concluded on February 15, offered homeowners and businesses a tiered pricing incentive where the price dropped as more people sign contracts for a new photovoltaic system. RGS Energy was selected as the installer for Barrington. Town staff and the Energy Committee worked with RGS, the State Office of Energy Resources and SmartPower to promote the program.

By the conclusion of Solarize Barrington, contracts had been signed for 47 systems with a total capacity of 305.22 kW - or more than double the estimated solar power production in Barrington prior to the program.

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The Barrington Town Council has established an Economic Development Committee to study ways in which the Town can better serve local businesses and promote Barrington as a business-friendly community. Members of the new committee have been identified and the group has recently begun holding monthly meetings.

According to Town Council President June Speakman, the Economic Development Committee was created "to advise the Town on how best to serve the existing business community and attract new businesses to our beautiful town. Barrington is a great place to live, work and play with a first-rate school system, lovely homes and an ideal location on the Barrington River and East Bay area. We believe that our town is strongest with a thriving business community."

According to the founding mandate proposed by the Barrington Town Council, the Economic Development Committee is comprised of residents and business owners who are charged with investigating and evaluating strategies to boost Barrington's local economy, communicating with existing local and prospective businesses, and determining whether a part-time Business Liaison or Economic Development position should be created to facilitate procedures and act as ombudsman for local businesses.

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