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The city of Cranston's Plan Commission has approved a master development plan for a large solar farm proposed for land near the West Warwick town line.

The solar array would cover 60 acres of the 108-acre site and would generate approximately 21 megawatts of electricity. The property is zoned A-80 residential, which allows for commercial- and industrial-grade solar facilities in addition to housing.

Ralph Palumbo, co-owner of developer Southern Sky Renewable Energy RI LLC, says the solar farm would produce enough energy on average to power 3,000 households.

The solar farm would be Cranston's second if the project is completed. The first is planned for a cornfield just north of the Southern Sky site, but the project is currently held up by legal issues.


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