The hospital went live with the solar array (pictured) on November 30, 2011. Rockcastle says this makes it Kentucky’s first hospital to have a such a system.
The 210 modules will produce around 290 watts each and will account for enough energy annually to power eight-to-10 homes. Kentucky Utilities Company will purchase the power generated.
This means that the solar panels will essentially power the third floor of the Outpatient Services Center – a space that will be utilized for community wellness events. The panels will also provide an educational experience for local students.
In July, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build solar photovoltaic systems at its hospitals.
By summer 2012, VA will install the solar PV systems at five medical centers in Oklahoma City; Temple, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Loma Linda, Calif. and West Los Angeles.