BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite the rain, a group of dedicated workers put on harnesses and dangled from the Mount Hope Bridge Tuesday morning.
The stunt was part of a demonstration by members of WindWinRI, a program for highschoolers operated through the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, to show how a grant is helping the state’s economy.
Anyone who wants to work on an offshore wind farm or a bridge has to know how to rappel up and down with ropes and harnesses. The state recently provided WindWinRI grant money to train and certify 16 people through the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT).
“It’s a great opportunity for [recruits] to have that skill set. It’s a transferable skill – and just one of several that’s needed in this industry,” Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Kristin Urbach said.
This week is also American Wind Week, which is a celebration of wind as a source of renewable energy. The American Wind Energy Association said the industry employs some 114,000 people.
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