Wind turbine manufacturers along with currently pending development projects are feeling the sting of the COVID-19 pandemic, in large part due to disruptions in supply chains. COVID-19 disruptions have also created construction challenges with new rules for worker health, safety, and social distancing requirements.

The WindWinRI Innovation Challenge will offer students the opportunity to identify, research and offer business solutions for businesses actively engaged in offshore wind project development in Rhode Island, looking to advance renewable energy solutions and looking to overcome COVID-19 business disruptions.

To help we need students to:

  • Perform research to better understand the value and economic impact of the Rhode Island Offshore Wind Sector, such as project costs, return on investment, project development and onsite labor impacts and state/local revenue and supply chain impacts
  • Consider Predictable and Cost Efficient Permitting and Siting Processes for Offshore Wind Development in Rhode Island including: Location & Siting, Environmental Impact, Stakeholder Education, Community Education & Acceptance, Permitting Requirements.
  • Build a Sustainable Logistics, Operations Coordination, and new Supply Chain Small Business Support System:
  • Logistics, Local Industrial Support, Local Workforce/Supply Chain Development, Local Shipping/transportation capabilities, Worker Training, Education & Certification

Mission Statement

Wind RIders’ mission is to be the liaison between the wind energy industry and the broader Rhode Island community as a means to successfully transform our relationships with renewable energy legislation, education, infrastructure and worker outreach.

Corporation Departments

Marketing & Communication

  • A. Chenier
  • D. Wiharso
  • E. Albrecht
  • K. Ologbenla
  • S. Madave

Business & Finance

  • B. Falls
  • J. Jehar
  • M. Elias
  • M. Ofori-Appiah
  • V. Davey
  • V. Bhagat

Research & Development

  • A. Parvaresh-Rizi
  • D. Suero-Minaya
  • F. Tolo
  • J. Henriquez
  • L. Ferrenti
  • L. Lopez
  • S. Leary
  • A. Nakasagga

Community Development

  • C. Creamer
  • C. Lira-Lozano
  • E. Xirum
  • N. Griffin


  • S. Leary
  • A. Chenier
  • V. Bhagat
  • L. Ferrenti
  • A. Parvaresh-Rizi



M. Fox

M. Raia

S. Starr

Business Coaches

S. Rittscher