To help offset the extensive energy use of the hospital, the Hudson Valley Heath Alliance announced the completion of New York’s first solar energy powered hospital, Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. Organized by The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) and installed by EarthKind Solar, the 28 solar water heating collectors are used to heat water used throughout the hospital. The solar water heating system also reduces carbon emissions from the hospital. Congressman Hinchey (D-NY) helped TSEC receive federal grants totaling $428,000 to help the hospital fund the project.
The project will save the hospital $2480 and 1,680 gallons of oil annually, or an estimated 33,600 gallons of oil and $171,000 over the anticipated 20 year lifetime of the system. The hospital has a digital display monitoring system in the lobby so patrons can see the system’s performance. The system will hopefully serve as an example for future hospitals. According to the Department of Energy, hospitals are among the highest consumers of energy.