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Today Partners HealthCare took a big step toward our goal of becoming “net carbon positive” by the year 2025 by way of a partnership with Antrim Wind Energy. This 28.8MW wind farm project in Antrim, New Hampshire, owned by Walden Green Energy, will reduce our organization’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million pounds.

To become “net carbon positive,” 100 percent of our energy must come from renewable sources, and our organization must also support the generation of more renewable energy than it needs. The resulting energy surplus would then be available to the markets and communities in which we operate.

“Partners Health Care is committed to fighting climate change and our agreement with Antrim is an important part of that commitment,” said John Messervy, Corporate Director of Design and Construction, Partners HealthCare.  “It will reduce CO2 emissions and create demand for renewable energy while reducing our long-term energy costs.”

The Antrim Wind Farm will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million pounds of CO2 per year – the equivalent of taking more than 10,000 cars permanently off the road.

The wind farm partnership is a key component of a three-part approach to reaching our 2025 goal. This approach includes a strategic energy master plan to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent (Partners has already achieved a 16 percent reduction since 2010); the deployment of on-site energy generation, which will further increase resiliency of operations while saving utility costs; and a strategic procurement program (of which the Antrim agreement is the latest example), which is designed to source Partners’ energy needs from clean resources.

In addition to the Antrim contact, Partners has also worked to address climate change by entering into solar agreements involving full ownership as well as both on-site and off-site power purchase agreements (PPAs).  Together, the wind and solar agreements will represent 22 percent of Partners’ total electricity consumption.