A gift that keeps giving: Celebrating five years of clean energy generation at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
Oakville, Canada—As the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital celebrated its five-year anniversary in December 2020, it also celebrated five years of producing clean energy through its solar array, donated by Hatch. To date, the array, which is connected to Ontario’s power grid, has generated and sold nearly 3.6 million kWH of power through Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, resulting in nearly $2 million of revenue for the Oakville Hospital Foundation.
“As we respond to climate change, the global demand for renewable energy and a more sustainable power mix has presented an immense opportunity for our team,” shared Robert Francki, Hatch’s Global Managing Director of Energy. “It’s an opportunity to change how we power the world. The donation of the solar array allowed us to make a long-term, clean energy contribution within a community many of our Ontario colleagues call home. We want to congratulate the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for achieving five years of operation!”
Located on the rooftop of the hospital’s parking garage, the 1,870 solar panels utilize best-in-class energy components to generate clean, renewable power. The power generated to date has offset 385,000 kg of CO2, the equivalent of more than 521,000 kilometres of driving. It is estimated that over the 20 years of the FIT contract, it will generate approximately $7 million dollars in revenue to support the Oakville Hospital Foundation, which will be used to fund essential medical equipment for the hospital.
“Our mission is to connect generosity to world-class community healthcare. Donations from partners like Hatch are critical to ensuring that the hospital remains a state-of-the-art healthcare facility,” says Mary McPherson, Oakville Hospital Foundation’s CEO. “At the end of the day, ensuring high-quality patient care is our top priority and the revenue from the solar array allows us to do so.”
In 2014, Hatch announced the donation of the solar array and successfully completed the installation for the opening of the hospital in December 2015. The $3-million gift from Hatch consisted of capital expenditure plus full design of the structure and modules, procurement, permitting, construction, commissioning, and finally handover to Halton Healthcare.
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