Healthcare organisations need to sit up and take notice as leaders in the industry start to embrace solar on a large scale level. The past couple years saw a steady flow of pilot projects within the industry including 100kW systems for Sydney Adventist Hospital at Wahroonga, NSW and Ramsay Healthcare’s Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands, WA.
More recently, Concord Hospital joined these innovative healthcare providers with a 100kW pilot project earlier this year. West Gippsland Health raised the bar further with the installation of a 289kW system on the roofs of West Gippsland Hospital, Warragul Community Health Centre and three other sites in Victoria.
Reviews from these hospitals have been overwhelmingly positive and all were very happy with the design and installation process as well as the quality of the final product. Of particular importance was the way Todae Solar accommodated the extra sensitivity that hospitals have towards service disruptions. Constant communication ensured the hospital was always up to date on progress and scheduled shutdowns, and allowed queries and issues to be resolved quickly. Todae Solar also minimises physical disruption. Logistics were organised so installers did not get in the way of hospital staff and just-in-time inventory management reduced the amount of space required for equipment storage.
A representative from Concord Hospital said in a testimonial they were “very pleased with the result, particularly the excellent workmanship… and the quality of the system installed”. Professionalism, project management and communication skills were vital to ”ensure that there was minimal disruption to the day to day operation of the Mental Health Unit” which operates 24 hours a day and is particularly sensitive to disruption from construction work.
St Vincent’s Health, has taken the lead within the healthcare sector and has committed to what will likely be a game-changing solar rollout for the industry. A 2.7MW solar system will be installed across 16 sites in NSW, VIC and QLD. With the announcement of this landmark project, we expect other healthcare organisations to take notice and see the multi-faceted benefits of solar.
Solar is not limited to the large healthcare organisations as Todae Solar has installed solar for a number of SME healthcare providers such as Bulli Medical Practice, Warragul Family Medicine and Central Coast TCM. Solar for SME’s in healthcare can have a dramatic effect on overheads with all of the aforementioned SME’s covering around 50% of their energy costs.
We expect to see this trend grow as more healthcare providers follow the lead of trailblazers like St Vincent’s Health. Contact Todae Solar to find out more about these projects or how your organisation can take advantage of our innovative solar solutions.