Gundersen ‘green’ Sparta Clinic using less energy than expected

An area medical clinic is surpassing its energy saving expectations.

The Gundersen Sparta Clinic, which was built last January, is using less energy than expected. The facility generates its own electricity while using as little energy as possible.

“We believe that we can keep costs down by doing that, and it also improves our environment by not polluting with fossil fuels. So, as we move forward with new buildings we’re going to continue to try to do this. We’ve learned a lot of lessons on this building that we want to apply to the next buildings that we build,” said Gundersen Sparta Clinic Director of Facility Operations Alan Eber.

Directors credit the clinic’s success to the geo-thermal well, which helps heat and cool the building, and the spray foam insulation.