Hospital Cures High Electric Bill with Solar Energy

Renewable Technologies, (RTI) of Sutter Creek has completed construction of a 75 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Lifetime Health Care Medical Associates’ downtown Merced medical facility.

RTI deployed a system of 624 solar PV modules, plus inverters, expected to generate an estimated 116,000 kWh a year. The rooftop system also insulates the building, helping to reduce cooling costs, and was fastened to the building using an engineering technique that eliminated the need for any roof penetrations. The solar electric system, the largest in Merced, has an expected lifetime of more than 30 years and over the life of the system will improve valley air quality by preventing 2160 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting 600 acres of trees. “Lifetime Health Care and RTI are partnered together for the future of energy,” said Darryl J. Conklin, President and CEO of RTI. “We are leading by example, showing our children how to embrace clean energy generation, improve air quality and reduce the burden on conventional energy sources.” Lifetime Health Care received a substantial rebate from Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Self-Generation Incentive Program, which lowered Lifetime’s cost of the solar system by 47 percent. “This solar rebate represents one of the many ways in which PG&E helps customers meet their energy needs,” said Beverly Alexander, PG&E’s vice president of customer satisfaction. “PG&E has a long-standing commitment to renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.”

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