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  • Writer's pictureWade Ortel

Changes at the Solar Initiative

Last October I accepted the position as program director of the Solar Initiative (tSI). I have had the pleasure of working with a wide array of individuals, making strides towards the common goal of reducing the consumption of fossil fuels on Block Island. To this end, tSI has offered and continues to provide a wide range of subsidies and other programs that encourage consumers to take meaningful and decisive action for the sake of our planet’s future.

I remain a staunch believer in this mission, and therefore, it is with a certain degree of sadness that I announce my departure as program director of the Solar Initiative. However, my involvement will not end here; I have been invited to join tSI’s board of directors pending the completion of my remaining duties as program director.

At this juncture, I would like to take a moment to thank our extraordinarily generous anonymous donor, without whom none of the work we do would be possible. I would also like to thank the broader Block Island community for their interest in and support of our mission.

I am pleased to announce that my replacement has already been found. I would like to introduce our readership to Cindy Davis, the newly minted program director of tSI. Cindy moved to Block Island full-time last winter, having visited regularly for over twenty years. She is a life-long educator, with a strong passion for sustainability and renewable energy. Cindy holds a BA from Colby College and a PhD from Columbia University. Along with her work for tSI, she is employed by the Block Island Conservancy (BIC); you can often find her at the Block Island Farmers’ Market, working to inform the public about BIC sustainability programs.

The Solar Initiative offers a variety of subsidies supporting the adoption of renewable and high-efficiency technologies on Block Island. To learn more about our programs, please click here or email Cindy Davis at

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