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November 6, 2023

Mystic nursing facility finishes rooftop solar energy project

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED  A new rooftop solar installation at Mystic Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The Mystic Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently completed a 317 kW rooftop solar installation, with the expectation that it will offset about 95% of the facility’s annual energy consumption.

Stratford-based Ryders Health Management, which manages eight skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Connecticut, plans to pursue clean energy options at additional facilities too, according to the family-owned company.

In addition to the facility at 475 High St. in Mystic, Ryders also manages Aaron Manor in Chester, Cheshire House in Waterbury, Greentree Manor in Waterford, Lord Chamberlain and Ryders Rehabilitation in Stratford, Bel-Air Manor in Newington, and Douglas Manor in Windham.

Martin Sbriglio, CEO of Ryder’s Health Management, said the project makes Mystic Healthcare among the first skilled nursing facilities of about 230 in Connecticut to be mostly solar powered.  

“We’re proud of this accomplishment and hope to set a new standard for the industry,” Sbriglio said.

The new array will provide the facility with no-cost, emissions-free power.

Ryders has an ongoing multi-year partnership with Shelton-based energy management company Budderfly. 

In 2018, Budderfly upgraded and installed energy-efficient technologies at the Mystic facility to help reduce energy consumption and waste. Since then, Budderfly has provided Ryders with ongoing energy measurement, monitoring and maintenance. Ryders estimates it has saved more than $100,000 to date through the partnership.

Budderfly works with various businesses and industries to help them cut energy costs, such as by installing technology upgrades and managing and monitoring energy usage. Budderfly doesn’t charge any upfront cost. It makes money by taking a percentage of the energy savings.

Budderfly’s energy-as-a-service program also has been used at Ryders’ Lord Chamberlain and Cheshire House facilities. Officials with Budderfly estimate the partnership so far has mitigated 933 metric tons of carbon emissions, which it equated to taking 208 gas-powered vehicles off the road for a year. 

Budderfly and Ryders anticipate expanding the partnership to include all Ryders locations.

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