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Providence Water Wins "Lead By Example" Award
At a ceremony recently held at the Rhode Island State House, Providence Water was very pleased to be recognized as a RI Office of Energy Resources “Lead by Example Award" winner (quasi-public agency category) and public sector leader due to the renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency measures achieved in the Providence Water Central Operations Facility (COF) project.
The awards recognize state agencies, municipal governments, quasi-public agencies and public colleges or universities for significant contributions toward the promotion and implementation of comprehensive clean energy measures that are helping to reduce energy burdens and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy-efficient initiatives completed during the renovation of our COF include the installation of LED lighting throughout the building, the purchase of three electric vehicles and electric vehicle charger to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the installation of a rooftop solar array, consisting of more than 1,960 panels, which is expected to offset approximately 60% of the annual electric consumption at the COF.