Health City Cayman Islands has announced plans for a “solar farm” at the East End site that will help meet just under half of the hospital’s power requirements.
The 4-acre, 1.2 megawatt farm – essentially a field of solar panels – will integrate with the hospital’s cooling system.
Ryan Smith, director of facilities management at Health City, said the solar farm would combine existing technologies in a new and innovative way to save the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual power bills.
The system integrates a “photovoltaic energy storage system” with the heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment with the aim of cutting the facility’s electricity needs by 40 percent.
The solar farm is now in the design phase and will go to planning later this year. Mr. Smith said it could be up and running by the end of the year.
He said Health City is one of the first facilities in the world to use solar technology in this way and is becoming an industry leader in sustainability.
“The integration of energy-reducing and resource conservation systems at Health City, including a recycling program, on-site medical waste management, future seawater district cooling system, rainwater harvesting, and the forthcoming installation of the solar farm, have all contributed to the goal of creating a facility that is accountable, and utilizes [sustainable] practices to further contain costs while protecting our environment.”
Project Director Gene Thompson said, “We are pleased with the implementation and results of our conservation policies and systems. All initiatives have been extremely positive economically, as well as good for the environment and community.”
The solar farm will be installed in collaboration with a Cayman firm, which officials have not named at this stage.