UXBRIDGE - Medline has completed the rooftop solar installation at its Uxbridge, Massachusetts, distribution facility. The 6.7 megawatt (MW) DC system is the fifth rooftop system the company has completed at a facility in the U.S and will produce an estimated 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually with the environmental benefits of avoiding 5,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually—a reduction equivalent to fully powering 700 homes or consuming more than 630,000 gallons of gasoline a year.
The 820,000 square-foot Uxbridge facility distributes medical products and devices across the continuum of care – including hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, hospice providers, and physician offices. The company has invested more than $34 million in renewable energy since 2016, with solar projects in several states, including California and Florida, and its headquarters in Northfield, Illinois. Medline has continued to expand existing systems with other projects underway at various locations.
“We established our renewable energy portfolio in 2009, when our first geothermal facility was built, and it’s been growing ever since,” said Francesca Olivier, Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance at Medline. “We’re committed to helping healthcare run more sustainably – extending beyond our responsibility to provide sustainable products and services to our customers and looking to our own operations to determine how we can best preserve Earth’s natural resources.
“As a designated Green Community within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Uxbridge is pleased to see that one of our business partners, Medline, is also contributing to this effort by undertaking the roof top solar project,” said Town Manager Steven Sette. “It is our hope that other businesses in Town will follow Medline’s leadership with this project and will also work to reduce our carbon footprint for the future.”