Solar Power Pays Off for California Hospital

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is spearheading two major energy efficiency projects, and once completed the hospital will be able to generate virtually all of its own electricity, and only occasionally tap into the state’s energy grid. In recognition of the hospital’s recently completed solar generation project, Gordon R. Smith, President/CEO of PG&E will present Sam Downing, President/CEO of the SVMHS with a rebate check in the amount of US$587,430.00.

Salinas, California, June 20, 2003 [] SVMHS is also undertaking a massive cogeneration project, which will provide power to the main hospital building. The four cogenerators are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Recently the hospital completed construction of the largest solar power structure on any medical facility in the United States. The 1008 solar panels on top of the hospital’s Downing Resource Center power 50,000 square feet of office space, including the hub of the hospital-wide computer system. “Besides being fiscally responsible, this move to alternative energy sources is an environmentally sound move to make,” said Sam Downing, President/CEO of SVMHS. “We want to be good neighbors to our community, and good stewards of District funds. This move to clean, renewable energy sources accomplishes that for us.” “This solar project represents PG&E’s commitment to ensuring that there is a proper balance between energy supply and demand throughout California, while helping customers save money on their energy bills,” said Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the utility. The check presentation will take place Monday, June 23, 2003, 1:30 p.m., at the solar structure atop the Downing Resource Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, California.
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