Rooftop Photovoltaic Solar Panels Further Health System’s Clean Energy Initiatives
Menasha, Wis. – EnTech Solutions, a comprehensive distributed energy provider, and Aurora Medical Center-Oshkosh, a state-of-the-art medical facility providing personal, compassionate care, announced the commissioning of a clean-energy solar installation at the medical center site. This photovoltaic (PV) solar system is the continuation of Aurora’s energy partnership with EnTech Solutions.
Aurora Medical Center-Oshkosh is a leader in energy efficiency and has been an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star qualifier since 2012, with a current rating of 98. The application of solar is the next step in its energy journey, moving from energy efficiency to energy generation.
“We’re committed to increasing sustainability and conserving natural resources for our communities today and future generations as part of our commitment to helping people live well, and I am proud Aurora Medical Center-Oshkosh is helping to set that precedent,” said Jeff Bard, president of Aurora Medical Center-Oshkosh.
EnTech Solutions, a division of Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI), designed and procured the components for the solar system to effectively utilize the rooftop space available. The AMC-Oshkosh team performed the installation with guidance from EnTech and utilized this project as a springboard to train a staff electrician for certification through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a widely recognized certification organization for renewable energy professionals.
The installation features three parallel rows of PV panels mounted to the south-facing roof as well as mounted equipment screens. The system provides 51,000 kWh of electricity annually which is enough to power seven homes. The system has also been designed to accommodate future expansion for added capacity.
“This is a great example of the AMC-Oshkosh facilities operations team demonstrating strong leadership, local resourcefulness and innovation in the face of challenges to bringing renewable power to fruition,” said Jedd Winkler, Advocate Aurora Health corporate energy manager. “The facilities operations team leads our organization’s efforts toward renewable sourcing.”
“At EnTech Solutions, we partner with our customers to support their paths to smarter energy and related objectives,” said Dan Nordloh, senior vice president and general manager of EnTech Solutions. “Aurora has been a model of what an organization can do, continually looking to improve energy efforts through the implementation of efficiency methods and equipment, and now to actually generating power on-site.”
EnTech also provides continued on-site and remote monitoring of the hospital’s solar and other electrical systems, optimizing its energy generation and utilization.
For more information about Aurora Medical Center-Oshkosh, see aurorahealthcare.org/locations/hospital/aurora-medical-center-oshkosh.