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15 Jun 2016

Caring for the community and the environment 

A recently installed 100kW solar system is helping the San Hospital reduce its carbon footprint and its impact on the environment.
The renewable energy system on top of a refurbished building housing administration staff is made up of over 200 solar panels capturing sunlight and producing electricity, reducing fossil fuel usage and environment harming carbon emissions.
Building on a long history of understanding the benefits of fresh air for health and wellness since it started in 1903 as a Sanitarium with fresh vegetable gardens and dairy, the San’s initiatives even exceed local Ku-ring-gai Council green initiatives.
With a climate change goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2020, 50% by 2030, and 100% by 2045 (based on 2000 levels), Ku-ring-gai Council has installed a 10kW Solar system at the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre and a 40kW solar system at the Pymble Work’s Depot.
The San’s renewable energy 100kW solar system makes it one of the largest solar power producers in Ku-ring-gai. It is also thought to be one of the largest private hospital solar panel installations in NSW.
Since installation the 100 kW solar system is estimated to have reduced greenhouse gas production by 130,000 kg Carbon Dioxide, 50 kg Nitrogen Oxide and 13 kg Sulphur Dioxide – equivalent to the annual emissions of around thirty petrol using vehicles.
Director of Engineering at Sydney Adventist Hospital Bernard Jakovac says that the Hospital constantly reviews its operations with a view to improving efficiencies.
“The solar power system’s primary purpose is to supplement the power used in the hospital with the solar energy produced supplying around 15% of the refurbished administration building needs.
Producing energy efficiently shows while we care for our patients we also care for the environment.”
The building also features other environment friendly initiatives including low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and carpets, low energy consuming lights and zero flush men’s toilet facilities saving thousands of litres of water each year.


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