August 31

Why hospitals are crucial for solar: Hospitals are playing a crucial role in our energy revolution- and they’re reaping the benefits

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Hospitals have an important role to play in the growth of renewable energy. Solar panels help the environment and save costs. This blog examines how hospitals can reap the benefits of solar energy. Solar energy is a healthy alternative for the energy needs of our healthcare system. 

Naveco Power would first like to thank healthcare workers and public health officials for their efforts and hard work in the fight against COVID-19. We see you; we appreciate you, and we hope to benefit your healthcare centres in the future.  

why hospitals are crucial for solar

The environmental benefits of solar energy are clear. But, for hospitals, the significant benefit is found in utility cost savings. Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care clinics and medical practices are the fourth largest commercial building energy consumers in the United States. The healthcare sector in Canada is also a major contributor to commercial energy use. Medical equipment, heating, and lighting lead to sky-high utility costs for hospitals today. Solar energy can reduce these costs. This way, hospitals can invest more in patient-care as opposed to keeping the lights on. For example, in Freehold, New Jersey, CentraState Medical Center installed a solar energy system in 2015. In the first year alone, the hospital reported saving $300 000 in utility costs. Solar can provide hospitals with significant savings. In doing so, hospitals converting to solar energy will have a big impact on the level of fossil fuel energy use in the commercial sector. Thus, a hospital saving tons on their utility cost will also benefit the environment and increase the use of solar. With the added media attention of a hospital installing solar and reaping its benefits, this will encourage other healthcare centres to consider solar energy as well. Hospitals stand to gain from using solar energy, and solar energy will benefit from hospitals using it.  

​Solar can reduce costs so that hospitals can invest more in patient-care.

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The opportunities to install solar are abundant for hospitals. Solar panels can be installed on the roof, but they can also be installed over parking lots. We all know hospitals have plenty of roof space, as they are large buildings. We also know hospitals have massive parking lots as well. These represent massive opportunities for hospitals to install solar panels and lower their utility costs. If the opportunity is taken, solar energy and the environment will benefit greatly. Conveniently, Naveco Power can provide these services, along with a free assessment and comfortable pricing options.  

In areas where there is no power, proper healthcare services cannot be provided. With universal healthcare deemed a human right by many, and becoming more of a common concept, solar energy can also benefit the pursuit of universal healthcare.

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On a global scale, with healthcare and the environment currently top of mind, it is worth taking a moment to acknowledge an important point made by the United Nations Development Programme. 800 million people live without electricity worldwide. As mentioned before, hospitals critically rely on electricity. In areas where there is no power, proper healthcare services cannot be provided. With universal healthcare deemed a human right by many, and becoming more of a common concept, solar energy can also benefit the pursuit of universal healthcare. Solar energy is an environmentally friendly way of providing energy to hospitals all over the world, so no person worry about a lack of healthcare capacity. To date, UNDP has supported over 900 health centres and storage facilities in Angola, Chad, Liberia, Libya, Namibia, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, largely funded through the Global Fund to fight AIDS,  and the Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). As a result, an estimated 34.5 million people now benefit from reliable health services. The UNDP recognizes the incredible potential and benefit of solar energy. Solar energy can not only benefit the utility costs of hospitals in our communities; it can also provide energy to hospitals all over the world. In a moment where healthcare is paramount, concepts like this one highlight how the environment is tied to health. This further demonstrates how renewable energy can benefit public health and the healthcare sector.  This is how hospitals are reaping the benefits of solar world-wide, and its saving lives.

Hospitals have a key role to play in the development and normalization of renewable energy use. As we begin to recover from a global pandemic, it is pivotal to understand and recognize the links between the environment and our health.

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Solar energy can benefit hospitals and the healthcare sector locally and globally. Hospitals have a key role to play in the development and normalization of renewable energy use. This will benefit the environment, energy consumption, hospitals’ utility costs, and the growth of solar energy in years to come. As we begin to recover from a global pandemic, it is pivotal to understand and recognize the links between the environment and our health. Further to this, we must begin to see how renewable energy can benefit our healthcare sector. In the province of New Brunswick, the cost of our healthcare system is great. Renewable energy is an obvious way to lower said costs and provide New Brunswickers a better healthcare experience. This is how hospitals are reaping the benefits of solar world-wide, and its saving lives.

Sources:

https://www.un.org/en/un-chronicle/solar-health-five-ways-solar-power-can-make-universal-healthcare-reality 

https://www.healthcarefacilitiestoday.com/posts/Solar-power-other-tech-can-save-hospitals-money-and-energy--22134 

https://www.lowcarbonenergy.co/solar-panels/hospitals/ 

http://solarbyempire.com/solar-for-hospitals 

https://us.sunpower.com/blog/2018/06/19/how-solar-helps-healthcare-industry-save-money 

https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/05/solar-power-super-charges-cost-savings-and-energy-efficiency-hospitals 

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