Solar savings for NSW hospitals
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Fairfield, Canterbury and John Hunter hospitals will receive $8.1 million to install solar panels.
John Hunter Hospital will be the biggest hospital solar panel project in Australia. The $3.2 million installation of solar panels will cover 12,000 square metres of roof space.
Nearly $1.5 million will be spent on the installation of solar panels at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.
Solar panels are being installed at Blacktown Hospital and are due to go live in February 2020. The hospital is expected to save $194,000 every year in electricity costs.
Port Macquarie Hospital was the first in NSW to have solar panels installed under this initiative. Since June 2018, nearly $224,000 has been saved on electricity costs.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said this initiative shows the benefits of using solar energy to save our hospitals money and reduce our carbon footprint.
“By making our hospitals more energy-efficient, these solar projects will help bring our costs down, freeing up funds that can be invested back into the health system," Mr Hazzard said.