Boston Scientific unveils new solar panel installation

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) introduced a new solar panel rooftop installation at the company's distribution center in Quincy, Massachusetts. The project includes 3,900 panels covering more than 120,000 square feet.

The solar panel installation is expected to produce nearly 1.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year - almost a quarter of the distribution center's power needs. The energy production from the panels will be equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 145 American homes, the report stated. 

Work on the project took several months after it was announced last June. The solar panel installation is the third-largest rooftop solar installation in Massachusetts, behind Fall River and Northbridge. According to the Patriot Ledger, the facility already reuses or recycles approximately 94 percent of its waste.

Businesses in Massachusetts have been working to increase the state's solar energy capacity since Gov. Deval Patrick took office in 2007. The Patriot Ledger reported the state's capacity has increased from 3 megawatts to 243 megawatts since he took office. 

"It comes down to a set of policies and goals that the governor and the Legislature put in place," said State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan. "Boston Scientific has taken advantage of these policies."

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