“I don’t see how anyone can say this is a good outcome,” said Erika Niedowski, Rhode Island director for the Acadia Center, a regional environmental group. “The prospect of another year without good strategies for smart siting is really disappointing.”

Grow Smart said in an email that the stripped-down bill “fails to achieve any solar siting reforms.” And in a recent letter to Sosnowski, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture, the Acadia Center, Save The Bay, Audubon and other environmental groups argue that controls on development are critical.

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