McLaren Health Care Partners with Future Energy Group to Transform Energy Footprint with $1.6 Million Annual Savings
Largest Cree SmartCast® Installation Improves Patient Experience, Increases Staff Productivity and Reduces McLaren Health Care’s Energy Consumption by nearly 70%
FLINT, MI and STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – McLaren Health Care, a statewide integrated healthcare network, and Future Energy Group, a turnkey energy solutions provider, have partnered to revolutionize exterior and interior lighting across 11 hospitals in Michigan.
The massive undertaking—25,000 Cree outdoor and indoor LED fixtures and over 12,000 Cree SmartCast® intelligent lighting fixtures were installed—will enable McLaren to reduce their energy expenditure by nearly 70% and realize an estimated cost savings of over $1.6 million annually in energy and operating costs.
The McLaren Health Care corporate-wide LED lighting project includes upgrading both indoor and outdoor lighting in parking lots and structures, hallways, waiting rooms, lobbies and staff centers. Intelligent lighting and LED fixtures were installed in over 5 million square feet at McLaren subsidiaries: Northern Michigan, Bay Region, Bay Special Care, Central Michigan, Greater Lansing, Orthopedic Hospital, Flint, Lapeer Region, Port Huron, Macomb and Oakland. To date, this project is the world’s largest intelligent lighting installation for both Future Energy Group and Cree.
“McLaren Health Care is committed to reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible by decreasing our energy use,” said Keith Miller, corporate facilities manager, McLaren Health Care. “Working with Future Energy Group to improve our lighting, with a suite of Cree products, allowed us to reach our sustainability goals quickly and cost effectively while improving patient, staff and visitor experiences.”
“Through our Corporate Programs, we were able to assist McLaren Health Care pivot to a more energy-efficient footprint,” said Michael Abraham, Jr., co-founder and president, Future Energy Group. “Our approach is completely turnkey, from a detailed energy analysis to project management of installation and commissioning of the new system. Our team personally counted each and every fixture in every facility where the new products were installed. That’s the attention to detail Future Energy Group is committed to.”
Healthcare facilities consume enormous amounts of energy in the form of heat, light and electricity. A June 2016 Yale University study cited that the healthcare sector contributes 8 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, emitting more than the entire United Kingdom. This intelligent LED lighting project will enable McLaren to optimize energy savings and utilize their space effectively, furthering McLaren’s corporate-wide initiative to promote sustainable business practices.
“It was exciting to work on such a comprehensive project because we were able to get creative with Cree’s lighting solutions for McLaren,” said Sam DiNello, co-founder and vice president, Future Energy Group. “We selected the SmartCast fixtures with occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors to recognize if somebody is in the space or not. This technology allows for dimming capabilities when an area isn’t occupied, which further increases savings, sometimes as high as 90 percent.”
The Cree SmartCast and LED lighting installation provides McLaren Health Care with numerous benefits, including:
Substantially lowered operational costs, a total of $1.6M per year
Reduced environmental impact with a sustainable choice
A consistent lighting and brand experience across 11 facilities
For more information on the McLaren Health Care installation please visit http://betterlight.cree.com/mclaren.
About Future Energy Group
Future Energy Group provides a turnkey approach to corporate sustainability and creating a more energy efficient planet for our children and future generations. From the start, lifelong entrepreneurs, co-founders Michael Abraham, Jr., and Sam DiNello, invested their time building a full-service company through an approach rooted in service to enthusiastically deliver the most innovative energy solutions. Future Energy Group utilizes leading-edge technology, selects energy solutions partners and invests in their personnel to create a strong foundation. Impeccable service and dedication to their clients creates a concierge-style service not found in the industries they serve. Their enthusiasm and passion rounds out the Future Energy Group difference. Learn more at FutureEnergyGrp.com.
About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 450-member employed primary care and specialty physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,500 employees and more than 43,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at mclaren.org.