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February 28, 2024

Shelton’s Budderfly, UConn Health partner to reduce carbon footprint, energy costs

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED A solar project performed by Shelton-based Budderfly.

UConn Health’s Child Care Center in Farmington will utilize technology from a Shelton-based energy company intended to reduce its carbon footprint and energy costs.

The installation of the Ultra High Performance (UHP) heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the center, located at 253 Farmington Ave., is part of a 12-month pilot program that was announced last week by Gov. Ned Lamont.

The HVAC system is proprietary technology developed by Budderfly Inc., which describes itself as an energy-efficiency-as-a-service company. The program was funded with $125,000 from Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public venture investor.

Under the pilot program, Budderfly will install and manage its system to demonstrate its ability to decarbonize and deliver energy savings for government agencies and organizations.

The pilot is the latest initiative and investment by the state as it seeks to achieve a zero-carbon electric supply by 2040, Lamont’s office said. The funding from CI will cover the initial costs for equipment and installation. 

Budderfly’s UHP HVAC system is electric and reduces energy costs by separating airflow management from the heating and cooling system, the company said. Budderfly will also deploy its billing service at UConn Health to create transparent invoices and validate energy reduction and cost savings. 

UConn did not state how much money it expects to save using the system.

Budderfly, which employs 150 people, uses the energy-as-a-service model to install, monitor, and manage a combination of patented technologies, equipment upgrades, and proprietary energy software for its customers.

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