Iron County Medical Care Facility recently received a check for $8,255 from Efficiency United in recognition of the facility’s energy efficient upgrade as part of its renovation and new construction. Pictured, from left, are Larrie Mendoza, director of Physical Plant; Chester Pintarelli, administrator; Dave Graff, Crystal Falls Electric Department supervisor; Sean Williams, Efficiency United senior program manager; Sam Simonetta, Efficiency United energy advisor; and Jeff Forbes, energy services representative for WPPI Energy. (submitted photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—As the hustle and bustle of the Iron County Medical Care Facility renovation and construction projects draw near its end, the facility’s prior planning and commitment to energy efficiency was recognized and honored.
On Dec. 11, Efficiency United presented the facility a check for $8,255. The facility has been undergoing a major energy-efficiency upgrade in conjunction with its renovation and new construction.
The upgrades include a series of projects including upgrades to the cooling system (chiller, pump, and fan motors), lighting system and kitchen appliances (commercial refrigerators and freezers).
The facility and Administrator Chester Pintarelli and Director of Physical Plant Larrie Mendoza have been leading the charge in local energy efficiency, especially since the passage of Michigan Public Act 295, known as the “Clean, Renewable and Efficiency Energy Act.”
On board with the city of Crystal Falls, which also passed a community-wide energy conservation policy, which far exceeded the Public Act 295 by cutting its overall electric consumption by 10 percent in just five short years, teamwork between the two entities has produced fantastic results in energy efficiency, said a spokesperson.
According to Dave Graff, Electric Department supervisor for Crystal Falls, the ICMF has taken a strong initiative to become energy efficient.
“The Iron County Medical Care Facility has been a leader in implementing energy efficiency measures not only now, but in the last five years as well. On behalf of the city of Crystal Falls, I would like to commend Chester Pintarelli and his entire staff for wholeheartedly embracing energy conservation and implementation.”