ECR International, National Grid and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Announce Sustainable Energy Partnership

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ECR’s freewatt plus® MicroCHP system will help SUNY-ESF achieve sustainability goal by 2015.

freewatt plus system installed in the basement of the SUNY-ESF College residence

"By installing the freewatt plus system, the home’s annual environmental impact can be reduced by up to 6,000 pounds* or more of greenhouse gases."

ECR International™, a designer and manufacturer of hydronic and HVAC equipment, announced its partnership with National Grid and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) to install a freewatt® plus home energy system into the SUNY-ESF College Residence, home to College President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr.

The announcement was made at a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the College Residence near the SUNY-ESF campus. Halco Plumbing & Heating, based out of Phelps, N.Y., installed the system. Installation of freewatt plus was driven by the SUNY-ESF Climate Action Plan.

“We are pursuing a variety of sustainable energy technologies as part of the College’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2015,” said Michael Kelleher, SUNY-ESF director of renewable energy systems. The Climate Action Plan uses a combination of renewable energy projects, sustainable construction, energy conservation and managed forestland to achieve the carbon neutral goal.

“ECR is excited to help SUNY-ESF achieve its sustainability goals,” said Mike Paparone, ECR president and CEO. “By installing the freewatt plus system, the home’s annual environmental impact can be reduced by up to 6,000 pounds* or more of greenhouse gases.”

The system operates using micro-combined heat and power (microCHP) technology, which uses an ENERGY STAR-rated, high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler combined with a Honda engine/generator to generate heat, producing electric power as a byproduct.

“The electricity generated by the freewatt plus system can be used to power the college residence or can be sold back to the electric grid,” said Paparone.

Operating at 95 percent efficiency, freewatt plus also provides continuous, low-level heat without the temperature swings and cycling associated with a traditional heating system, creating constant comfort. Additionally, freewatt plus provides back-up power in the event a home loses power, such as during a bad winter storm or emergency.

“National Grid supports forward-thinking energy technology,” said Edward White, vice president of Energy Products at National Grid. “We are pleased to be a part of this innovative effort that explores emerging energy efficient technologies that provide new options and products for customers to manage their energy usage.”

To learn more about the freewatt system, please visit http://www.ecrinternational.com or http://www.freewatt.com.

*Based on a sample calculation for upstate New York. Assumes an annual heat load of 100 MMBtu (100 million British Thermal Units) and that the Honda MCHP operates 4,000 hours per year providing heat and generating power.

If you are a member of the media and interested in interviewing a member of the ECR, SUNY-ESF or National Grid team, or if you would like photos of the event, please contact Brooke Fairchild at (816) 460-3060 or bfairchild@nicholsonkovac.com

About ECR
ECR designs, manufactures and markets hydronic and HVAC equipment for residential, commercial, institutional, and hospitality markets. ECR currently operates manufacturing facilities in Utica and Dunkirk, N.Y., and distributes boilers, hydronic controls, furnaces, ductless air conditioning systems, vertical packaged air conditioners and heat pumps, and package terminal air conditioners under ten brand names.

About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

About SUNY-ESF
Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is the oldest and largest college in the nation devoted exclusively to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future.

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