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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

John Hunter Hospital marks major milestone

The John Hunter Hospital solar project reached a major milestone this week.

The $3.2 million development hit the half-way mark on Thursday 11 March, with 50% of the panels now installed on the facility’s expansive roof space.

The venture, made possible due to funding from NSW Treasury, is scheduled for completion later this year.

“The team at Todae Solar and Public Works NSW have been working hard on installing the array since December 2020,” executive director of infrastructure, planning and sustainability for Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) Dr Ramsey Awad said.

“And, it’s exciting seeing the project progress.

“Approximately 6000 square metres of the hospital’s roof is now covered in solar panels, which is enough to power about 250 homes.”

Those 6000 square metres are comprised of 2,665 individual panels and approximately 10 kilometres of cable.

Once completed, 85% of the hospital’s roof space (around 12,000 square metres) will be covered by solar panels, able to generate average annual savings of 3000 MWh per year.

“The project is a big step towards creating environmentally sustainable health services for our local communities,” Dr Awad said.

“It’s part of a broader sustainability plan we are working on across the district.

“We’re aiming to be carbon and waste neutral by 2030.”

The scheme, announced by NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard early last year, is one of the largest roof-mounted solar projects in Australia.

You can find out more about the HNELHD’s sustainability plan by visiting the website, http://www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/Pages/Sustainable-Healthcare.aspx

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