Braeside Hospital undergoes solar-power revamp

HammondCare’s Braeside Hospital will become a leader in healthcare sustainability with the installation of a new state-of-the-art solar power system which will supply at least 10 per cent of the hospital’s electricity needs.

The Hospital, based in Fairfield, has been equipped with a 100KW photovoltaic solar panel system- a first of its kind for Braeside.

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Initiatives like this, mean that HammondCare will be able to save tens-of-thousands of dollars per year from their power bill, while lowering dependency on grid power and reducing its environmental footprint.

HammondCare’s General Manager of Property & Capital Works, Michael Cooney, has been a long-time advocate of sustainable energy and stresses the importance of developing alternative energy infrastructure.

“We realise the impact rising electricity costs can have on Australian households and businesses and our experiences over the last five years suggests that renewable energy is one way of offsetting these increases.

“Our first experience in solar panel installations came in building our Miranda facility in 2012. That project was very successful and has exceeded our expectations with more than 300,000 kWh generated to date.

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“Reducing our reliance on grid power electricity and increasing our renewable energy contributions remains a focus across our NSW and Victorian sites”.

“We will continue to set achievable targets and renewable energy contributions around 10% is a realistic target. These are important projects that reinforce our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and being responsible environmental stewards.

HammondCare is also installing a near-identical solar power system at its ‘Southwood’ nursing home in Hammondville. These projects add to other HammondCare installations already in place at Woy Woy, Erina, Horsley, Miranda and The Pines (Hammondville).

These systems will generate almost 900 megawatt hours per annum- that’s enough power generated to run more than 120 Australian households each year.