The Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX), a global leader in the medical device industry, has long been recognized as an innovator in the fields of health care and life sciences. In April, 2013, the company added energy management to its track record of innovation when it unveiled a 1.28 megawatt solar energy system for its distribution center in Quincy, MA.
The rooftop project for the company’s Northeast logistical hub, located alongside Boston Harbor, was developed under a Power Purchase Agreement. Under the PPA model, Boston Scientific will purchase grid-discounted power and generate annual savings for 20 years –all while avoiding any capital costs or maintenance costs. The system will generate an average of 1,685,000 kilowatt-hours a year, enough electricity for 145 average US homes.
Leonard Sarapas, Boston Scientific’s Corporate Director of Environmental Health and Safety, said the array will power about 25 percent of the distribution center, from which the company’s medical devices are shipped around the world. Mr. Sarapas said the array will also allow the company to guard against spikes in electricity costs and continue the company’s commitment to manage facilities in an environmentally sustainable manner.
“It’s going to provide stability in cost and energy demand,” he said. “We see this project within the environmental realm as one that provides a triple win.”
The Boston Scientific solar project was debuted on April 24, 2013, in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local students, civic groups and politicians, and held during Earth Week. Underscoring the international commitment by Boston Scientific to environmental sustainability, the Quincy complex is one of 13 sites worldwide certified under the globally recognized ISO14001 standard for environmental management systems, as established by the International Standards Organization.
According to HelioSage Director of Operations, Andrew Foukal, the Boston Scientific project is not only unique with respect to its positive impact on the environment, but it’s ability to manage the very environment in which it was constructed. Owing to its coastal location, the system was designed to withstand wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour. The project, which actually finished construction late in 2012, was tested almost immediately with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy that November.
“Construction was just wrapping up when Hurricane Sandy hit. To have the installation put to the test so quickly was a bit of a shock, but we were confident in the rigorous safety standards applied during construction. I’m pleased to say the system passed its first test with flying colors.”
The 3,900 panel rooftop installation began producing power in December, 2012 and was approved for interconnection by National Grid.