Medline Industries and EnterSolar Announce the Largest Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation in Massachusetts
Construction begins on the solar project at Medline’s distribution facility in Uxbridge, MA
By Medline Newsroom Staff | June 22, 2021
Medline Industries, Inc., the largest privately-held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in North America, and EnterSolar, a commercial solar developer, today announced the start of a 6.7- megawatt (MW) DC rooftop solar installation at Medline’s distribution facility in Uxbridge, MA. The solar power installation is expected to generate an estimated 8 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually and be the largest commercial rooftop solar project in the state once complete.
The solar array in Uxbridge is the latest example of Medline’s dedication to investing in healthcare and our communities while lessening its environmental footprint. Medline’s investment totals $33.3 million across nine rooftop solar installations at its facilities, with solar projects planned through 2022.
Medline’s 800,000 square foot Uxbridge Distribution Center will house nearly 16,000 solar panels on its extensive roof, generating renewable energy with environmental benefits equivalent to planting 93,000 trees or powering more than 800 homes annually according to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The system will export the energy generated onsite to the local utility, supplying the grid with renewable energy.
“The Uxbridge rooftop solar array is another example of Medline investing in state-of-the-art technology and clean energy,” said Medline President of Global Operations Bill Abington. “It is important for Medline to remain at the forefront of clean energy and energy efficiency in operating our vast network of distribution and manufacturing facilities.”
Medline’s environmental commitment in addition to solar energy also includes 94% of its distribution center space operating as LEED-certified, investments in energy efficient vehicles, and its ReNewal division, which reprocesses medical devices that last year saved more than 1 million pounds of medical waste from ending up in landfills.
“We are excited to continue working with Medline to achieve their sustainability goals. We’ve partnered with them to complete a number of solar projects across the country, and this noteworthy rooftop solar project at Uxbridge demonstrates their ongoing commitment to a renewable energy future. This system will benefit not only Medline, but also the local area by producing solar energy to foster a greener grid.” Lily Whitehouse, Account Manager at EnterSolar.
About Medline Industries
Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare. Medline works with both the country’s largest healthcare systems and independent facilities across the continuum of care to provide the clinical and supply chain resources required for long-term financial viability in delivering high quality care. With the size of one of the country’s largest companies and the agility of a family-led business, Medline is able to invest in its customers for the long-term and rapidly respond with customized solutions. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline has 27,000+ employees worldwide, a fleet of more than 1,200 trucks and does business in more than 125 countries. Learn more about Medline at www.medline.com.
EnterSolar is a national provider of solar energy and solar-plus-storage systems to the commercial marketplace. The Company’s financing, engineering and project management teams work with each client to deliver a customized solar solution that provides a compelling return on investment. Expert in solar’s dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar’s team helps clients leverage tax credits and other financial incentives at the federal, state and utility levels to maximize project returns. EnterSolar’s clients encompass a wide range of industries and include multinational retailers, REITS, global manufacturers and major distributors among others. EnterSolar was acquired by EDF Renewables North America in 2021. For more information visit: www.entersolar.com. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.