NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – St. Peter’s University Hospital proposed a plan to install 10,000 solar panels on four of their buildings and two large parking lots. The solar panel system will be able to generate 2.3 million kilowatts of electricity, enough energy to power an estimated 230 homes.
According to a report on NJ.com, the $9 million dollar program will be built by Sun Farm Network and financed mostly by PSE&G along with the federal government, with St. Peter’s contributing smaller portions of the financing.
St. Peter's Healthcare System said in a press release that the project will be comprised of solar panel systems installed at four different locations:
- The Easton Avenue hospital will have a 1 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) solar panel system located over the parking deck and parking lot.
- The CARES facility, also located on Easton Avenue, will get a 118 kilowatt-dc (kw-dc) rooftop system.
- The Saint Peter’s Family Health Center on How Lane, New Brunswick will gain a 714 kw-dc rooftop system.
- The McCarrick Care Center in Somerset, and the Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe will get a 290 kw-dc carport solar panel system.
According to the release, "this solar initiative is the largest made by a New Jersey Hospital, along with PSE&G, St. Peter’s is a part of the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program."
CEO of St. Peter’s Healthcare system, Ronald Rak, stated that, “We are eager to see the completion of this project, which will place Saint Peter’s at the forefront of all that solar energy has to offer. Those benefits include long-term energy and financial savings, as well as the reduction of pollutants that do so much harm to the environment.”
"The combined solar system is expected to save Saint Peter’s approximately $10 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years," according to the press release.