By Jennifer Cooper
Director of Communications
July 11, 2018, Henderson, Nevada –- Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Clean Focus officially welcomed clean, renewable energy to the San Martin and Siena Hospital campuses.
The solar array at San Martin is expected to produce 3,580,000 kWh, and Siena is expected to produce 2,795,000 kWh of clean energy annually. The aggregate amount from the Dignity Health project offsets the environmental impact of 533,857 gallons of gasoline or nearly 1,016 cars each year.
“Key to the mission of our founding Sisters, the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is ecological sustainability and the protection of our planet for future generations,” said Sister Phyllis Sikora, Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “These solar panels are more than just covered parking for our staff and visitors, although that is so important in the Las Vegas heat, but also our demonstration that our motto ‘Hello Humankindness’ extends beyond the walls of our hospitals and into the environment that we depend on each and every day. If we are not dedicated to protecting our environment, we are not helping to fulfill our mission to the communities we serve.”
The San Martin Campus project comprises 5,885 Neo Solar Power 360W solar modules and 35 Solectria string inverters, all situated on carports covering 720 parking spaces. The Siena Campus project consists of 4,795 Neo Solar Power 360W solar modules and 26 Solectria string inverters on carports covering 430 parking spaces and the top of the parking garage.
“Clean Focus is pleased to work with Dignity Health in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, to achieve its sustainability goals,” stated Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies and Clean Focus Group. “The Dignity Health projects provide multiple benefits to the hospital stakeholders, and they fit squarely into our large portfolio of commercial, municipal, and hospital solar projects. We look forward to a long relationship with Dignity Health over the lifetime of the projects.”
Dignity Health will purchase the power produced at the San Martin and Siena Campuses through Power Purchase Agreements.
The two projects went online in February 2018. Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC will maintain the solar arrays, and Clean Focus Yield Limited will operate the system as part of its large portfolio of commercial, industrial, small utility, and community solar projects.
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 70 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need.
Read another article on St. Rose Dominican’s renewable energy here.