A Boston based integrated health care system announced Thursday that it has entered into a purchase contract with Antrim Wind Energy.
Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, will purchase 75 percent of the wind facility’s capacity once the project is operational. The 28.8 Megawatt wind project, slated to be built on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain, received state Site Evaluation Committee approval late last year after years worth of discussion. Construction on the project has not yet broken ground, but is expected to do so this year.
The partnership represents the largest direct delivery renewable energy purchase in the northeast by an end user, according to a press release.
The contract is part of Partners’ plan to become “net carbon positive” by 2025.
“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 for Partners Healthcare. “It will reduce CO2 emission and create a demand for renewable energy while reducing our long term energy costs.”
The contract with Antrim will enable the construction of a wind farm.
It’s said that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million pounds of CO2 per year, or the equivalent of removing 10,000 cars from the road.
“We are very pleased that our project will help Partners reach their industry-leading carbon goals,” said Henry Weitzner, founding partner of Walden Green Energy, which owns Antrim Wind Energy, in a press release. “Entering into this contract required an innovative approach to market, credit and regulatory issues.”