Partners Healthcare is a non-profit hospital that includes Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation’s most prestigious teaching hospitals.
Partners Healthcare was seeking to reduce its energy costs as part of an overall plan to reduce the cost of health care. Dennis Villanueva, Senior Energy and Sustainability Manager for Partners, reached out to Lodestar Energy to discuss opportunities for the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. With the MA SREC program coming to a close, Lodestar’s reputation for getting projects built was a key determining factor.
Together, Lodestar Energy and Dennis Villanueva worked on an innovative program that provided discounted net metering credits to Partners over 20 years. In order to maximize savings, Lodestar provided output from four separate ground–mounted solar facilities located in Great Barrington and Charlton. Partners shares the output of these facilities with D’Youville and Corcoran, two private low income housing groups. This is the essence of the MA solar program design, providing energy savings to the organizations that need it most – like hospitals and low income housing authorities.