Join us as Conanicut Marine Services
"flips the switch" to solar power
Monday October 21st, 2013
Doors open at 8:00AM with breakfast refreshments.
Program from 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
260 Conanicus Avenue
Driveway to the left of the Police Station
Jamestown, RI 02835
For Immediate Release:
Conanicut Marine Services Leads the Way in Environmental Stewardship for Rhode Island’s Marine Trades
Jamestown marina to unveil its photovoltaic system, receive Clean Marina designation on October 21
Jamestown (R.I.) October 15, 2013 — On October 21, Conanicut Marine Services, Inc. will
welcome Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, community leaders, and members of the
public to its Taylor Point boat yard to see the unveiling of a new addition to
the yard that has transformed this Jamestown company into a leader in
environmental stewardship for the Rhode Island marine trades. Attendees will
get their first glimpse at the yard’s new solar photovoltaic system and its operation,
which is the largest renewable-energy facility to be developed in the state’s
marine trades to date. The system will not only provide 100% solar power to the
10-acre Taylor Point yard; it will also provide power to the National
Grid under the Rhode Island Distributed Generation Program, thereby
saving a significant amount of fossil fuel over the years to come.
The unveiling takes place on Monday, October 21, at the Taylor Point boat yard at
260 Conanicus Avenue in Jamestown. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Doors will open at 8 AM, and the program will begin at 8:30 AM.
Conanicut Marine Services will also receive its Clean Marina designation from the Rhode
Island Coastal Resources Management Council on October 21. The statewide Clean
Marina Program is designed to reward marinas that go beyond regulatory
requirements by applying innovative pollution-prevention best management
practices to their day-to-day operations.
According to Conanicut Marine Services President Bill Munger, factoring the environment
into business decisions has been a part of the marina’s way of operating since
the company was founded. “My wife and I founded the business in 1974, and we’ve
built it shingle by shingle all these years,” said Munger. “But as we’ve grown
we’ve always had an environmentally conscious mindset—and we’ve tried to do the
right thing in the boating world.” The photovoltaic system is the most recent in
a long line of innovations used at the company, including systems to protect
both air and water quality.
The Taylor Point yard—the company’s inland facility that complements its waterfront
marina and chandlery—has four boat sheds, two of which face south. When Munger
went in search of a way the sunlight exposure on those sheds could be tapped he
met Anthony Baro of E2SOL, a firm with U.S. offices in East Greenwich (R.I.) that
develops projects related to wind, solar and microhydro power.
E2SOL designed a system that utilizes the roof space on each of the two south-facing sheds,
which are both 210 feet long, and coordinated with several local professionals
on the installation. The 128-kilowatt solar array will save nearly 4,000 tons
of greenhouse gas over the next 25 years, the equivalent of roughly 7.4 million
“Conanicut Marine Services is an important leader in the marine community and offers an
outstanding example for other marinas to follow by employing renewable energy
and green practices in their operations,” said Janet Coit, director of the
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Coit will be speaking at the event on October 21, along with Governor Chafee,
Conanicut Marine Services President Bill Munger, and E2SOL Co-Founder Anthony
CEO of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Wendy Mackie looks at the October
21 event at the Taylor Point yard as a great learning opportunity for the local
community and other business owners. “The health of the outdoor environment is
critical to our industry, and to our lives here in the Ocean State,” said
Mackie. “I hope many business owners in Rhode Island will attend this event—to
learn, and to see what can be possible with an environmentally conscious
For more information about Conanicut Marine Services, Inc., visit www.conanicutmarina.com.
For more on the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, visit www.rimta.org.
Media Contacts: Cynthia Goss, RIMTA (203-430-4145 / 203-453-2731)
Donna Wood, Conanicut Marine Services (401-423-7164)