Colorado Hospital Expands Solar Capacity


Boulder Community Foothills Hospital in Boulder, Colo., is adding a 37 kW SunPower solar system on a roof awning of its main facility. This is the hospital's second solar installation – it recently completed the addition of a 28 kW system on the roof of its Tebo Family Medical Pavilion.

According to the hospital, the two solar electric systems will provide more than 75,000 kWh of electricity each year and prevent 155,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

‘Colorado gets more than 90 percent of its electricity by burning coal and natural gas,’ says Kai Abelkis, environmental coordinator for the hospital. ‘The resulting smog, soot, and mercury pollution contribute to wide-ranging health problems, such as asthma, heart and lung disease, and some cancers. We're proud we're doing what we can to minimize these public health risks. It is part of our mission to lead by example and to promote a healthy community.’

Namaste Solar Electric, also based in Boulder, installed both solar systems for the hospital.

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