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October 26, 2022

Dandelion Energy opens new facility in Marlborough

Photo | Courtesy of Dandelion Energy Dandelion Energy CEO Michael Sachse, Rep. Lori Trahan, and Senator Ed Markey at the Dandelion Energy ribbon cutting in Marlborough.

Geothermal heating company Dandelion Energy opened its new Massachusetts base of operations on Tuesday in Marlborough.

Dandelion, which specializes in the installation of geothermal heat pumps for homes, spun out of Google’s semi-secret research-and-development program called Google X. Dandelion went out on its own in 2017 and is headquartered in Mt. Kiscoe, New York.

The company has warehouses in New York and Connecticut already, and the new location in Marlborough allows the company to continue its expansion into Massachusetts. 

CEO Michael Sachse said the company has more than 200 employees and has 20 new positions in Massachusetts, but the hope is to add more jobs as the company works toward installing more systems across the state. Sachse said Dandelion was already installing systems in Massachusetts via a warehouse in Hartford and another in Albany, but the company could not reach Eastern Massachusetts with that setup. 

Geothermal heat pumps use the temperature of the Earth to regulate heating and cooling through pumps. The systems have been around for years but have begun to gain traction as they’ve become more reliable in colder conditions and more reasonably priced. They do not burn fossil fuels like gasoline or oil heating systems and don’t need biomass or wood to operate. They do require electricity. According to Sachse, the systems cost roughly $45,000 to install, but right now there are incentives and rebates to bring the cost of the systems down to $25,000.

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