The Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has unveiled a 455 kW solar installation, which is expected to generate more than $600,000 in electricity savings over 20 years. Consisting of 1,485 panels, the solar array is now operating on the fourth floor of the visitor parking garage, a roof area not designated for vehicles.
The project was funded through a grant from the Connecticut Zero EmissionsRenewable Energy Credit program in partnership with renewable energy provider Soltage LLC. Through a solar power sales and service agreement, Soltage will operate the project and sell the electricity at reduced cost to Saint Francis for the next 20 years. Under terms of the deal with Soltage, there was no cost to Saint Francis to purchase and install the photovoltaic panels. Project financing was provided by Soltage and investor Tenaska.
“This project is a win-win-win,” says Robert J. Falaguerra, the Saint Francis’ vice president of facilities, support services and construction. “We’re saving energy, money, and it is green technology that’s helping protect our environment.”
“This distributed solar generation project locks in clean electricity for Saint Francis at a cost well below utility rates,” adds Jesse Grossman, Soltage co-founder and CEO. “And by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, the hospital is improving local environmental health conditions for the community it serves.”