By understanding that long-term cost savings will offset the installation and capital costs of equipment, Mark Richey Woodworking sets an example for how Massachusetts businesses can successfully incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy into their business model.
Matthew Beaton Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
When properly managed and responsibly purchased, wood is a clean, renewable resource. Using wood for building also produces less air and water pollution and uses fewer ecological resources than other building materials, making wood a great choice for green building.
70% less energy is required in the use of wood compared with any other building material.
Our 600KW wind turbine generates 60% of the total electricity needed to power our operation.
The turbine is 292 feet tall, with a blade span of 158 feet and pivots into the wind, rotating its blades for maximum wind resistance.
Enough electricity is generated by the turbine to power 150 average American homes.
Using our wind turbine to generate power has an environmental benefit comparable to removing 150-200 cars from the road each year.
In 2007, we installed the industry's first clean burning biomass furnace in MA. Sawdust and woodchips are captured by our vacuum system and stored to then be fed to the furnace during the heating season. This unique heating system nearly eliminates the consumption of fossil fuels in our facility. In addition, all the companies wood waste is used as fuel onsite, saving on trucking and landfill impacts.
Operating at a temperature of 1600 degrees F, the furnace heats 85,000 square feet of our manufacturing facility.
The biomass furnace burns cleaner than a gas or oil burning furnace.
In 2016, we installed a 500-kw rooftop solar array—the last piece of our alternative-energy complex—which boosted our onsite renewable energy production to nearly 100 percent. Our 80,000-square-foot array is expected to produce 630 megawatt hours of electricity per year.