Heathcote Health aiming to go solar

By Jared Prestwidge

HEATHCOTE Health plans to slash its electricity costs by up to 25 per cent by installing nearly 250 solar panels where the sun does shine - on the roof.

Details contained in its planning application lodged late last year with the City of Greater Bendigo, Heathcote Health has the potential to enjoy 89 kilowatts of power during peak operation.

The action was made possible by a $111,000 loan from the state government, which is required to be paid in full over five years.

The money loaned is part of a $2.7 million regional health solar program, which is working to install solar photovoltaic arrays at 75 hospitals across Victoria.

“The program is estimated to reduce annual carbon emissions by more than 13,000 tonnes, and to generate up to 30 per cent of energy required by some regional hospitals,” the office of Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Her office said that once operational, the system has the potential to cut the annual aggregate electricity costs at the 75 hospitals by around $2.7 million.