Medline Expands Ability to Offset Carbon Footprint with Completion of Second Solar Installation in North America
Fifth installation worldwide marked by 1.1 Megawatt system in Rialto, California
By Marianne Ostrogorski | April 20, 2018
Medline today announced the completion of the second in a series of solar installations being undertaken to meet the organization’s growing sustainability goals. The 1.1 Megawatt system is estimated to generate power equivalent to 75 percent of that facility’s usage, significantly offsetting Medline’s dependency on the grid. EnterSolar, a national developer of solar programs for the commercial marketplace, worked with Medline to structure the design, engineering, and installation of the system, and will oversee the operations and maintenance of the system.
The power derived from more than 3,152 rooftop solar panels will provide meaningful environmental benefits for Medline, Rialto and the greater Southern California community at large. By using solar energy, environmental benefits are equivalent to saving nearly 92,000 gallons of gasoline a year or planting 772 acres of trees annually.
“For generations, Medline has worked shoulder to shoulder with healthcare customers to improve patient care. Corporate social responsibility helps us extend that impact even further by connecting the dots across the company and into the communities where we live, work and serve,” says Francesca Olivier, corporate social responsibility manager, Medline.
The completion of the Rialto facility system comes just one year after the completion of the first of two systems being installed at Medline’s Tracy, California distribution center. Medline is working with EnterSolar to add additional solar capacity to that facility, following a year of successful power generation.
“EnterSolar is proud to work with organizations of all sizes and missions. We’re exceptionally pleased to work with those organizations that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability in all of the regions they serve, and as such, we’re proud to partner with Medline to expand solar across their national portfolio,” said Peyton Boswell, managing director, EnterSolar.
Medline opened its first solar installation in July of 2016 at its distribution center in Aisai, Japan. On days with optimal conditions the 1,665 solar panels generate the majority of the energy needed to power the building, with the excess going back to the grid. The company also has systems in Australia, Germany and California and is working with EnterSolar to vet additional locations.
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 550,000 medical devices and support services through more than 1,400 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or http://www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on its social media channels.
EnterSolar is a leading national developer of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in our combination of corporate business operations and solar expertise, we work with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage tax credits and other financial incentives at federal, state and utility levels. Our clients include multi-national retailers, REITS, global manufacturers, and distributors, as well as family-owned businesses. The Company’s divisions include EnterSolarEDU, which helps schools, universities and non-profit organizations leverage solar and MaxSolar, which provides operations & maintenance, asset management and technical services for commercial systems nationwide. EnterSolar is headquartered in New York City with offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. In its last ranking, Solar Power World ranked EnterSolar the leading (#1) solar developer in New York State and in the top 10 nationally. More information about EnterSolar, and its portfolio, can be found here.