Greater Boston Food Bank, Eversource, and Viking Cold Solutions Collaborate to Cut Energy Consumption at Yawkey Distribution Center

Installation of thermal energy storage system allows the Food Bank to
provide 10,500 more meals every year

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Greater Boston Food Bank is starting the year off with a 75 percent
reduction in energy use during targeted peak hours and substantial cost
savings thanks to a partnership with Eversource and the installation of
a new Viking Cold Solutions thermal energy storage (TES) system. The TES
system for the Food Bank’s refrigeration units was installed at its
117,000 square-foot, high-efficiency Yawkey Distribution Center in South

“Thermal energy storage systems serve as a storage medium for a
building’s refrigeration system and is a cost-effective solution to
store and dispatch the large amount of energy required by refrigeration
equipment in cold storage facilities,” said Eversource Vice President of
Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian. “We recently launched a program
designed to install new technologies, like thermal energy storage, to
lower energy use and demand during peak energy usage hours. Our
partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank will help them better
manage their energy and deliver a cutting-edge solution that will
benefit the organization overall and support its critical mission.”

The new TES system, developed by Viking Cold Solutions, has reduced
electrical consumption at the Greater Boston Food Bank’s
energy-intensive, cold storage facility while improving temperature
stability inside their freezer. Cold storage facilities, such as frozen
food warehouses and grocery store walk-in freezers, have the highest
energy demand per cubic foot of any category. During peak energy use
periods, they can account for up to 70 percent of the total electric
bill for commercial and industrial organizations.

“As the largest hunger relief organization in New England, our goal is
to provide healthy meals to those in need across Eastern Massachusetts,”
said The Greater Boston Food Bank SVP of Supply Chain and Food
Acquisition Cheryl Schondek. “We strive for cost saving operational
efficiencies, and our partnership with Eversource and the installation
of the Viking Cold TES system better enables us to achieve this goal. We
appreciate their commitment to our mission to end hunger here.”

The energy cost savings delivered by the TES system will allow the Food
Bank to provide an additional 10,500 meals per year.

Since 2015, Eversource has worked with the Greater Boston Food Bank on
several lighting upgrades that have saved the nonprofit approximately
$42,000 annually. They are currently working together on more energy
efficiency projects, which include refrigeration, lighting and HVAC

For more information on Eversource’s energy efficiency programs, please

About Viking Cold Solutions

Viking Cold Solutions is the leading thermal energy storage provider to
the energy-intensive frozen/low-temperature cold storage industry.
Viking Cold delivers cost-effective and flexible energy management
services which preserve food and help reduce environmental impact. Its
patented Thermal Energy Storage system with phase change material (PCM),
intelligent controls, and 24/7 cloud-based monitoring, allows customers
to reduce cold storage energy costs by up to 35 percent, or more, while
improving their temperature stability and maximizing refrigeration
efficiencies. Viking Cold Solutions’ TES systems have been Measured &
Verified and incentivized by energy utilities across the U.S. and are
currently in use around the world in grocery stores, low-temperature
warehouses, and restaurants. For additional information, please visit

About The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief
organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the
country. GBFB provides the equivalent of 50 million healthy meals
annually, distributed through its network of 526 food pantries, meal
programs and shelters across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four
direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member
of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more
than 140,000 people every month in its goal to create a hunger-free
Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity, natural gas
and water to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts. This
includes approximately 1.4 million electric customers in 140
communities, 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities, and 19,500 water
customers in five communities. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for
its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy
organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000
employees across three states to build a single, united company around
the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior
customer service. For more information, please visit our website (
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Viking Cold Solutions
Brad North

Greater Boston Food Bank

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