Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, has unveiled a solar plant that will generate almost 535,000 kilowatts (kW) of electricity annually. The plant is expected to save more than $600,000 during the next 20 years.
The 1,485-panel project was funded by a grant from the Connecticut Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit (ZREC). The hospital partnered with Soltage in a power sales and service agreement. Financing was provided by Soltage and Tenaska, an independent energy company. The release says that there was no charge to the hospital.
The project, according to Saint Francis, will eliminate emissions of more than 275,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, 458 pounds of Sulphur dioxide and 277 pounds of nitrogen dioxides annually.
Last week, writer Dixie Somers posted a commentary at Energy Manager Today that provided insight into green initiatives in hospitals.