Hos­pi­tal pow­ered by the sun

First pan­els go up on Friendlies’ cost-sav­ing so­lar project

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THE first so­lar pan­els have been in­stalled on the Friendly So­ci­ety Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal roof, with the hos­pi­tal on track to switch over to so­lar elec­tric­ity by the end of the year, sav­ing the hos­pi­tal more than $3 mil­lion in elec­tric­ity costs over the next 10 years.

Also this week, the fi­nal switchover was made to so­lar hot wa­ter, cre­at­ing an im­me­di­ate yearly sav­ing of $84,000.

Friendly So­ci­ety Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Stu­art Bon­nett said while the so­lar elec­tric­ity and hot wa­ter project had been in the plan­ning phase for many months, it was great to see work be­ing com­pleted so quickly.

“In just four weeks we have al­ready com­pleted the hot wa­ter com­po­nent of this project, and to see all the pan­els be­ing laid on the roof is fan­tas­tic,” Mr Bon­nett said.

The $1.3m project will be the largest in­stal­la­tion of so­lar hot wa­ter and elec­tric­ity on any hos­pi­tal in Aus­tralia and cur­rently the largest so­lar project in Bund­aberg.

The project will see the in­stal­la­tion of 1253 in­di­vid­ual 435w pan­els, with a to­tal sys­tem size of 545kW, re­duc­ing elec­tric­ity us­age by 1,148,000kWh in the first year.

The so­lar elec­tric­ity will gen­er­ate enough to power about 25% of the hos­pi­tal’s elec­tric­ity needs.

In just four weeks we have al­ready com­pleted the hot wa­ter com­po­nent of this project.

— Stu­art Bon­nett

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

GO­ING GREEN: GEM En­ergy Aus­tralia in­stalling the first so­lar pan­els on the roof of the Friendly So­ci­ety Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal.

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