Green banks are offering businesses a chance to borrow against previous investments in energy-saving upgrades.
The 15-megawatt project would clear up to 75 acres of forest between two brooks that feed the Niantic River.
State leaders are looking for funding sources for remediation work that needs to happen before many energy efficiency upgrades can be completed.
The analysis by University of Rhode Island researchers did not account for aesthetic treatments, and found no impact from arrays in rural areas.
Wind advocates counter that a recent report obscures the potential for long-term employment as the industry continues to grow.