St Vincent’s Health Australia has selected Todae Solar to install a 2.708MW rooftop solar system across 16 of its hospitals and aged care facilities in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. It is one of Australia’s largest commercial rollouts of solar power and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
An estimated 9,180 solar panels will be mounted during the installation and will annually produce approximately 4GWh (Gigawatt hours) of electricity. Once completed the system will have a daily average production of over 11MWh of electricity which is enough to power approximately 662 homes. It will also feature cutting edge monitoring technology that will provide real-time data on the system’s performance.
This solar system forms a major component of St Vincent’s National Energy Action Plan (NEAP) which aims to reduce annual consumption by around 40GWh by mid-2018. This represents a 35-40% reduction of current consumption and will deliver a cost saving of approximately $6.5 million annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40,000 tonnes per annum.
David Bryant, St Vincent’s Health’s General Manager, People and Culture, described the system as an important way for the organisation to deliver more sustainable health and aged care.
“Health and aged care generally, and hospitals in particular, are very energy intensive. Hospitals can be up to 4.5 times more energy-intensive, on a metre squared basis, than the equivalent office space”, said Mr Bryant.
“At the same time, price rises for both gas and electricity in Australia have seen the cost of energy grow substantially.
“St Vincent’s Health’s NEAP will result in sizable reductions in total electricity and gas use, which will translate into sizable reductions in direct costs and heavily reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint.
” Mr Danin Kahn, CEO of Todae Solar said, “We look forward to helping Australia’s largest non-profit health and aged care organisation meet their environmental sustainability goals with the delivery of this commercial solar system. This project will let us demonstrate once again why we’re the nation’s leading commercial solar installer.”