Newport Harbor Home to Floating Microgrid Platform for Charging Electric Marine Vessels

By ecoRI News staff

The solar panels provide free electrical power for boaters. (Blue Isles)

The solar panels provide free electrical power for boaters. (Blue Isles)

NEWPORT. R.I. — PowerDocks LLC, a local marine development firm, has partnered with the city to launch Blue Isles platform in Newport Harbor. Blue Isles is the first aquatic microgrid platform built to power and recharge electric marine propulsion vessels using solar power.

The Blue Isles solar panels provide free solar-generated electrical power and free Wi-Fi to vessels docked within 300 feet of the floating platform. Blue Isles is moored in the public anchorage area north of the Goat Island causeway.

“We are excited to showcase our new product innovation in Newport, the sailing capital of the world. Boaters visiting Newport Harbor will be the first ever to access renewable power while docked at a mooring,” said Anthony Baro, managing partner at PowerDocks.

“We wanted to provide a solution for those boaters that are environmentally conscious and have embraced electric marine propulsion for their vessels,” added co-managing partner Chris Fagan.