A healthcare facility is Mystic, Connecticut, has added a 317 kW rooftop solar system to offset up to 95% of its energy costs.
Business sustainability provider Budderfly and Ryders Health Management celebrated the completion of the rooftop solar installation at Ryders’ Mystic Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Budderfly and Ryders executives were joined by State Senator Heather Somers (R-18), Representative Greg Howard (R-43), Representative Aundré Bumgardner (D-41), and Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Hank Webster for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Ryders is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients within our facilities. The sustainability projects we’ve completed with Budderfly are not only beneficial to the environment, but positively impact the comfort of our staff and patients, from bright LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC systems,” said Martin Sbriglio, RN, DHL, and CEO of Ryder’s Health Management, a family-owned management company for independent skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. “Of the approximately 230 skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut, Mystic Healthcare is one of the first skilled nursing facilities to be majority solar powered. We’re proud of this accomplishment and hope to set a new standard for the industry.”
Budderfly first upgraded and installed energy-efficient technologies at Ryders’ Mystic Healthcare facility in 2018 to reduce energy consumption and waste. Since then, Budderfly has provided ongoing measurement, monitoring, and maintenance, resulting in energy cost savings of more than $100,000 to date. Budderfly provides its solutions at zero upfront cost to the customer and funds the investment through a share of the energy cost savings generated by efficiency upgrades and the management and monitoring of energy use and demand.
“Connecticut has committed to getting all of our energy from zero carbon sources by 2040, which includes doubling all the caps on solar,” said John Bourdeaux, CEO at Advance CT. “The collaboration between Budderfly and Ryders is an excellent example of how Connecticut businesses can embrace sustainability to both support state clean energy goals and advance their economic competitiveness in the market.”
As part of Ryder’s partnership with Budderfly, the 317 kW rooftop solar system will offset up to 95% of the facility’s annual energy consumption with no-cost, emissions-free power.
“The state of Connecticut is committed to investing in clean energy resources to help meet our climate goals and deliver clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the residents and businesses in our state,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Hank Webster. “After transportation, our building sector is the next leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in our state. We applaud companies such as Ryder and Budderfly who are taking the initiative to be leaders in the clean energy space among businesses in Connecticut, and doing their part to help the State achieve its emissions reduction goals.”
Budderfly’s Energy-as-a-Service program is also used at Ryders’ Lord Chamberlain and Cheshire House facilities. Across the three Ryders locations, Budderfly’s energy solutions have mitigated 933 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking 208 gas-powered vehicles off the road for one year. Additionally, Budderfly plans to expand their partnership to service all seven Ryders locations.
“Ryders came to us seeking an energy management solution that delivers top of the line results, both in terms of sustainability and an improved patient experience,” said Al Subbloie, founder and CEO of Budderfly. “Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution, we have strategically designed and implemented innovative energy efficiency upgrades to meet Ryders’ unique energy needs and support its premier patient care. We’re thrilled to build on the results of this partnership today as we expand solar to Mystic Manor, and to celebrate in the company of state leadership who recognize and champion the importance of sustainability for Connecticut businesses.”
— Solar Builder magazine