CCRC in Philadelphia Undergoing Sustainable Energy Renovations

by Jeff Shaw

PHILADELPHIA — Simpson House, a continuing care retirement community in Philadelphia, has selected New Jersey-based energy management company ENER-G Rudox Inc. to perform sustainable energy infrastructure improvements to the community.

ENER-G will work with partner companies Blue Sky Power and MCFA Global to design, engineer, construct and finance the renovations. The project will cost several million dollars, but exact costs were not disclosed.

The infrastructure improvements will include the installation of a tri-generation system that will provide heat, cooling and electricity for the community, as well as lighting upgrades throughout the community and the replacement of existing boilers and chillers in the community’s powerhouse.

Simpson House will fund the project via ENER-G’s Energy Services Agreement. Under the 20-year arrangement, ENER-G will fund construction and maintenance of the tri-generation system, while Simpson House will pay a fixed rate for the electricity, heat and chilling delivered by the system.

Under the terms of the contract, Simpson House will receive approximately  $350,000 in energy savings each year, while reducing the community’s carbon footprint by approximately 300 metric tons per year. The energy reduction is equivalent to reducing gasoline consumption by 34,000 gallons annually, according to ENER-G.

Simpson House received financial support for the project from a $400,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. In addition, Philadelphia Electric Company will contribute approximately $200,000 to the project through its Smart-On Site Program. 

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