CARIBOU, Maine Cary Medical Center held a valve-turning ceremony this month to herald the use of compressed natural gas as the facilitys primary fuel source.
The preparation to use CNG set the hospital back approximately $600,000, but the conversion is expected to save about $250,000 in annual energy costs.
We anticipate that the payback on this project will be in about two and a half years, explained Shawn Anderson, chief operating officer. After that, we anticipate an annual savings of some $250,000.
Cary has negotiated a five-year contract for the gas, Anderson said during a brief tour on Dec. 20 of the boiler room and outside stations where the gas will be delivered, stored and processed.