Illinois-based medical supply manufacturer Medline Industries recently celebrated the completion of a solar panel installation at the distribution center in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, bringing the total number of completed solar-powered systems at company facilities to eight, encompassing more than 3 million square feet of rooftop.
According to the press release, the company has invested more than $34 million in renewable energy since 2016. Medline’s portfolio includes 2,735,595 million square feet of solar rooftop space with over 60,000 solar panels.
The 6.7 megawatts (MW) direct current system at Uxbridge will produce an estimates 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, reducing approximately 5,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to the energy needed to fully power 700 homes or consume more than 630,000 gallons of gasoline a year.
The 840,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Uxbridge facility distributes medical products and devices across the continuum of healthcare – hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, hospice providers, and physician offices.
Massachusetts State Senator Ryan C. Fattman, State Representative Joseph McKenna, and Town Selectmen Steve Sette joined Medline Operations Director Joe Gloria and officials from solar developer PowerFlex at the July event. During the ceremony, Medline was presented with a plaque from the Commonwealth, signed by Massachusetts House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano, lauding the company for its environmental and civic contributions.
“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 rooftop solar project,” said 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.”